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"A Cuban singer in a new Land"

A feature article with color picture appeared in the New York Times May 4: “All excellent singers have a special tone: it’s something beyond issues of pitch, power and phrasing, some personal grain that makes them strong and strange. The Cuban singer Pepito Gómez’s vocal tone is … a beneficent alarm, a positive shout,” - NY Times


"Salsa, Timba and a dance happy string quartet"

Mr. Gomez, who was a member of the band Pupy y los que Son Son before he left Cuba last year ... is another order of performer. For about five minutes he improvised in his thundering, needling high voice, finally settling on a narrow pitch area, starting every torrent with “oye!,” making the band members look at one another in astonishment and play harder - NY Times


"What a Voice"

What a Voice! - For the first hour of last night's rehearsal Pepe Gómez sang with a rhythm section of just piano, bass and clave, revealing every resonant nuance of his magnificent tenor voice as he soared through the string of classic hits he created with Pupy Pedroso y Los Que Son Son. Every note is perfectly in-tune, perfectly controlled, and capable of exploding into euphoric emotion at any instant. It took me 8 years to finally hear this guy live but now I fully understand what all the buzz was about. - Kevin Moore Timba.com


"CD Review"

Mr. Pedroso, former pianist for Los Van Van, has released one superb project after another, and this one is clearly the modern masterpiece to reckon with -- a new definition of salsa Cubana, using the best elements of timba and young vocalist José "Pepito" Gómez who could sing fresh life into the dead. - Descarga.com


"Salsa Atlanta"

When the name José "Pepito" Gómez is mentioned, people listen. This former vocalist for one of the hottest Cuban Salsa bands today, "Pupy y Los Que Son Son", is a major reason this band has been so successful. - Salsaatlanta.com


Discography

Cesar Pedroso "Pupy", Que Cosas Tiene La Vida CD (Egrem 0541) Released 2003;

Cesar Pedroso "Pupy", Pupy, Y Los Que Son, Son: Timba - The New Generation Of Latin Music
CD (Universal/Pimienta 160519) Released 2001;

Soneros All Stars, La Timba Soy Yo - Featuring César "Pupy" Pedroso
CD (Soneros Records SASCD71) Released 2008;

Soneros All Stars, Soneros All Stars Presents Cristina Azcuy: Marianao
CD (Universal/Pimienta 360756) Released 2006;

José Valladares, Aquí Estoy Yo
CD (Egrem 0382) Released 2008;

*The song “Tiempo Dificiles” by José “Pepito” Gomez about the environment was the winner of the ecological awareness festival in Cuba. In this compilation CD full of all star singers Mr. Valladares calls this song his favorite!

Mamborama, Directamente Al Mambo
CD (Ahi-Nama Records 1050) Released 2006;
César López Y Habana Ensemble,Mambomania: A Tribute To Pérez Prado
CD (Latin World 00004) Released 1999

Discography-Other Selected Recordings

A tribute to Benny More, movie soundtrack

La Charanga Latina-various recordings

The Tocando Tierra project

A tribute to Richard Egüez

A tribute to Pedro Depestre

Paulo FG disk Un Poquito de To’ 2006

Vitaly y su Timba Habanera CD - Lead Vocals on 4 songs

Estrellas de Areito project with Manolito Simonet

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Bio

José “Pepito” Gómez was born in a small town called Florida, in the province of Camagüey, Cuba in 1972. After a few years of singing with small local bands, the word was out that Maravilla de Florida was looking for a new singer. Mr. Gómez went in for the audition and was tested on voice and improvisation skills. Shortly thereafter he was accepted as a new lead singer. Maravilla de Florida boasts over 50 years of rich musical tradition and several number one hits in Cuba. This was the band that would begin to shape his future career as a vocalist.

Gómez later met Enrique Álvarez, director of the Latina Orchestra. Mr. Álvarez asked Gómez to join his band. He remained with La Charanga Latina for a period of two years during which he took part in several tours in Europe and North America.

After his departure from La Charanga Latina he carried out a few solo projects and participated as in projects such as Colé – Colé and Azúcar Negra, which led him on tour to New York City’s Lincoln Center in 1999. He also toured with the late Compay Segundo of the Buena Vista Social Club.

A big break came for Gomez when he was asked to join Habana Ensemble, a band that was formed by the members of Irakere, one of most important and influential Latin Jazz Bands not only in Cuba but worldwide. This represented a new challenge in his career as he found himself training at the highest level of Cuban musicianship, which motivated him to continue developing professionally.

It was during this time that he met one of the most important figures in the history of Cuban Music: César "Pupy" Pedroso. Mr. Pedroso was then the pianist, co-founder and composer of the most popular Cuban Music group in the world, Los Van Van. Van Van enjoys a 40 year history on top of the Cuban Music scene and and continues to thrive worldwide.

Pedroso was planning on starting a solo project that would be later known as Los Que Son Son. He invited Gómez to join his new band as lead singer therefore becoming one of the original founding members. With Los Que Son Son he had the great privilege to travel and present his music in the most prestigious venues around the world. He remained with the band as a lead vocalist and composer until his recent decision to immigrate to the United States.

Additionally, he was given the opportunity to share the stage with artists of the caliber of Gilberto Santarosa, Cheo Feliciano, and Compay Segundo, as well a multitude of other world famous orchestras and singers.