Mario Ortiz Jr. All Star Band…awesome!

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

“Tributo 45 Anniversario” on Zamora Music/Sony is the spectacular new recording by the Mario Ortiz All Star Band. The late Mario Ortiz was an esteemed trumpeter, arranger and bandleader who for four decades was an intergal part of the Puerto Rican salsa scene until his death in 1999. His son Mario Ortiz who is also a fine trumpeter has put out a terrific tribute to his dad by assembling a recording featuring the legendary creme de la creme of the scene: Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montanez, Ismael Miranda, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Richie Ray, Bobby Cruz, Papo Lucca, Roberto Roena, Bobby Valentin, Adalberto Santiago, Tony Vega, Pedro Brull, Tito Allen and others too numerous to mention. What exciting music big band style! This gem of a cd is so rich with explosive salsa, latin jazz and mambo (with a touch of reggaeton) that it is difficult not to have at least 4 or 5 favorite tracks. This is simply an exceptional recording from the smooth distinctive vocals of Cheo wrapped around a smokin’ rendition of “A Quitarse” to the closing notes of the cinematic Spanish tinged instrumental “El Cid” featuring Ortiz Jr’s scorching trumpet solo paying tribute to his dad. This will soon to be a collector’s item! Big DJ Alert – you should be playing it already…allright? Everyone else…Pick it up now! A top ten contender for this year.