Orquesta Aragon – Down Memory Lane

Posted on Oct 19, 2011

The scene at Yoshi’s was highly charged caused by an irresistible catalyst on stage that had the dance floor packed and excited people moving in their seats.  Orquesta Aragon, Cuba’s beloved classic charanga (band emphasizing flute and violins) who celebrated 72 years of playing together was back in town.

Aragon, well known and loved for their songs that are part of the Cuban songbook such as “El Bodeguero” took the audience down memory lane and back to performing a modern day timba done in their own explosive yet elegant style.  Orquesta Aragon kept their strong dance groove strong mixing great cha cha chas with guaracha, son, danzon and timba.

The orquesta featuring 5 violins(!), flute,  piano, bass and 3 singers sounded tight as they played with swing, virtuosity, precision and grace.  The band led by violinist Rafael Lay Jr. are seasoned pros who also know when to improvise with gusto they demonstrated during their classic “Pare Cochero”.  They were so good that I savored each note of music that hit my ears with a deeper appreciation for this musical institution.

I look forward to their next visit because they are such a treat for the senses and my feet.