Andrea Brachfeld & Son Charanga
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“This dynamic new Charanga release by Ms. Brachfeld (Charanga ‘76, Orquesta Broadway, Africando, etc.) is a fiery dance record with more in-the-pocket grooves than one CD can usually handle. The explosive opening track "Descarga Son Charanga" is reason enough to have this crisp, sparkling project in your collection. Son Charanga includes one of the most swinging versions of "Pare Cochero" I've heard. The CD features the legendary Alfredo De La Fé on violin. Listen to what he does with the classic "Almendra." Also featured is the esteemed pianist and composer/arranger Oscar Hernandez, whose own Spanish Harlem Orchestra was recently nominated for a Grammy. This is a welcome entry. It's not that often that such a well done, passionate project comes along.” Highly recommended - Bruce Polin July 2003


“Son Charanga is easy, smooth and totally melodic. Great for showing off on the dance floor. Andrea Brachfeld has captured the true essence of what Afro-Cuban music is all about. Her flute glides effortlessly through the ten tracks... Son Charanga has the golden touch that only flutist Andrea Brachfeld can give it. Don?t bother to find a place to store it. Son Charanga is guaranteed to stay in your CD player. Call the firefighters. This one is a three alarmer”. - Maria Von Dickersohn July 2003


“My main complaint about Andrea Brachfeld’s "Back With Sweet Passion" CD is that it didn’t come with an oven mitt. This record cooks from start to finish. Some artists load their albums with big names... to cover up for a lack of action in their own corner. Not so on "Back With Sweet Passion”. Flute player and band leader Brachfeld puts the spring in the step of this band, and her expert leadership results in a strong album with it’s own identity that doesn’t suffer from all-star-itis. If you’re looking for something fresh, if you’re looking to dance, if you’re looking for playing that holds up under repeated listening--look at Andrea Brachfeld and Son Charanga. Highly recommended.” - Jason Crane


“When I came down the stairs to the Maganette that hot July night and heard Andrea Brachfeld’s band, "Son Charanga”, I was amazed at the virtuosity of the playing and the swing of the orchestra as a whole... Highly recommended to anyone who loves Afro-Caribbean music”. - Andy Kaufman


“I have been a fan of Andrea’s since Charanga ‘76. Miss Brachfeld’s project "Son Charanga" is a masterful update of Latin America’s most beautiful music.” - Franco Silva


“A great mixture of Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban Charanga sounds, this album transcends all previous attempts to fuse the two genres. Andrea Brachfeld shows why she is considered one of the premier Jazz flautists in the world. Her new band Son Charanga will be one of the most sought-after bands throughout the world.” - Sonia Goldstein


It's Andrea in the kitchen and at the top of her game, adding her personal spices to the mix with faultless technique and melodious creativity. "Back With Sweet Passion" is a feast of Charanga delicacies well worth savoring over and over. - Jesse Varela


“There is an explosive unstoppable exuberance literally in each one of the musical themes found on the new Andrea Brachfeld CD, "Back With Sweet Passion”. While Andrea shows us her (Latin) flavor, abilities, and mature music, her vigorous notes and brilliant improvisations exude the happiness which can only be associated with a musical heaven.” - Norberto Rivera


“Elegant, modern , and rhythmically vibrant, the music of Andrea Brachfeld and her group swings with so much sabor. You will soon agree that Andrea Brachfeld and her Son Charanga are among the best in Latin Music today.” - Erik Chico Manqueros


Discography

Back With Sweet Passion Latin Cool Records 2003
Remembered Dreams Latin Cool Records 2003
Andrea Latina Records 1978

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We are an eight piece Charanga band, a form of Cuban dance music which has been around for nearly a century. The band features the improvisations of the flute and also highlights the vocals and violins. I have rearranged many of the standard repetoire and given my flair of jazz harmonies along with some exciting mambos that make you get up and dance even if you don't know how to!!All of the musicians in the band play a variety of styles of music and bring their own tastiness to the mix. What sets us apart from most other bands is the central figure, me, as leader, arranger, composer, and above all, flute player. The level of musicianship is at the highest level. If you love spicy music and love to dance , you've got the right band!!