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Maite Hontelé ft. Orquesta Aragón – Casi Muero

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“Casi Muero” with Orquesta Aragón, first single from Cuba Linda, Maite Hontelé’s fifth album recorded at Egrem in Havana Cuba, mixed and mastered at Merlín Producciones in Medellín, Colombia.

Recorded in: Empresa de Grabaciones y Ediciones musicales Egrem in Havana, Cuba
Lyrics and music: Juancho Valencia
Recording, mixing and mastering engineer: Gabriel Vallejo – Merlín Producciones
Video: Vitico and Marlou Van den Berge
Video postproduction: Sofía Carvalho, Mario Barrios
Graphic design: Nicole Gómez

Maite Hontelé – La Mujer Sonora

Nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category Best Salsa Album, trumpeter Maite Hontelé is transforming the role of women in music. People in America, Europe and Asia have witnessed her magical talent and the way she performs on stage. Born in Holland, but Colombian in her heart, Maite’s music is a perfect mix of European elegance and tropical joy, which is reflected in her 4 albums: Llegó la Mona, Mujer Sonora, Déjame Así, and Te Voy a Querer, the last two edited in vinyl. Also know as ‘Mujer Sonora, Maite has collaborated with artists such as Rubén Blades, Buena Vista Social Club, Chocquibtown, Oscar D´León, among others, all of them lured by her style.

“She is the best in the world, what a delight! The ways she plays is extraordinary, outstanding!” – Oscar D´León


Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

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Grant Richards’ Live Performance of “Ballyhoo”

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Grant Richards

Grant Richards – a pianist deeply immersed in bebop and the blues – leads his music in a bold
and emergent new direction with Ballyhoo, an Afro-Cuban celebration of a previously unspoken
dream, finally realized in a tangible elation of musicianship, culture, and unbridled wonder.
Richards, like the great jazz composers throughout history, wrote the music on Ballyhoo not for
generic instruments, but for the specific and unique musical personalities of the musicians in his
ensemble.

Ballyhoo is the title track from my new album, my first excursion into Latin jazz, combining
many elements that get me out of my comfort zone like intricate grooves, odd keys, and the
necessity for precise execution,” Richards shares. “The title implies an excited commotion and
with the crisp performance by my bandmates Damian Erskine, Reinhardt Melz, and Carmelo
Torres
, I think this track embodies the exuberance and playfulness I intended for the project as a
whole.”

Album cover - Grant Richards: Ballyhoo
Album cover – Grant Richards: Ballyhoo

What is Ballyhoo? The word embodies sensation, animation and enthusiasm, and the record at
its core presents all of the same. Ballyhoo was released on September 24, 2021.

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