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DESCARGA REVIEW: August 14, 2007
Editors Pick: Elspeth Savani’s Gallo Que Canta, produced by percussionist Michael Spiro, is the fruition of years of great love and respect for the music and culture. Listen to "Rompiendo La Rutina" and you'll find a rare purity of spirit. And many of the tracks exude a formal beauty, a richness that only seasoned musicians that are dedicated to the form can induce. The sweetness of Savani's voice can, at times, eclipse all else. And that's not a bad thing. There are a number of Lucumí references here, and Savani can make inviting what some might have difficulty approaching ordinarily. I especially like her rendition of the jazz standard "All of Me." And her take on Alvaro Carrillo's "Un Poco Más" is simply stunning. The band is top notch….”
Highly Recommended.

- BRUCE POLIN


LATIN BEAT: October 2007
Vocalist Elspeth Savani has been fronting and directing Orchestra Zarabanda (formerly Yerbabuena) for the better part of a decade…Her newest release showcases a seasoned vocalist in the company of a rock-solid orchestra comprised of excellent musicians, in addition to special guests Jovino Santos Neto, Marco de Carvalho and Anthony Blea. Produced by percussionist Michael Spiro (who was also featured on Cuban and Brazilian percussion throughout the recording) this production makes romantic Cuban dance music sizzle with joy, as it comes alive via the powerful interpretations of Savani and friends...
-Rudy Mangual

- LATIN BEAT/ Rudy Mangual


“Summer is the best time for big-band Cuban dance music, and no one in Seattle plays it better than this 10-piece outfit…a retro ballroom sound that will ship you straight to the Havana of your imagination.” - Seattle Weekly


Discography

Gallo Que Canta - 2007
Vaiven de Mar - 2001

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In 1994 Orchestra Zarabanda’s predecessor, Charanga Yerbabuena, was born. In the early years of the group, all the band's core members travelled to Cuba to study with the masters. Since then, Orchestra Zarabanda has deepened it's sound with influences from not only the fantastically hip Cuban dance bands, but also New York salsa and the latin jazz masters. Our recent recording (Gallo que Canta 2007) received critical acclaim from Latin Beat and Descarga, and features a fully realized Latin dance band.