I want to fill the void left by the Big Band orchestras
Recaredo Gutiérrez is much more than a music producer; he is a visionary in the music industry.
The long and successful path trailed by his more than 25 year career in the music industry, have earned him wide public recognition, greatly due for having rescued the "Big Band" concept popular in the 1950s and since then notably recreated by numerous performers internationally.
Since his arrival to the United States in 1979, he has been tied, in one way or another to the entertainment business, his true passion.
In New Jersey, were the Cuban native lived for some time, he managed his own restaurant where he presented variety shows that were quite the rave in the local music scene. Upon arriving in Miami, he acquired "Maxim´s" night club, continuing his variety shows and allowing him to befriend renowned musicians and important industry professionals.
"That´s where my friendship with Israel Kantor began, a talented artist with whom I had the honor of having a close working relationship from that point forward", recalls Gutiérrez.
In 1995, he decides to make the first album for Kantor, "Un Señor Kantor", taking part in its production and recording. Later on, the idea emerged to pay tribute to Cuban legend Benny Moré using Kantor´s voice, and to accompany him through his performances, he created the famous BIG BAND "Tropicana All Star Orchestra".
He would also go on to serve as the executive producer for numerous other projects including "El Venado" by Dominican merengue artist Ramón Orlando, as well as other CDs and DVDs recorded live with his orchestra directly from The Fontainebleau´s Tropigala in Miami Beach.
This originated an exquisite production that earned him numerous nominations to the prestigious Latin GRAMMY®, titled "Tropicana All Star Recuerda a Benny Moré con Generoso Jiménez", released under his own label ReGu Records. Subsequently, he produced the two-time Latin Grammy nominated album "Tradición", also on the ReGu label, arranged in its entirety by renowned instrumentalist Generoso Jimenez and performed by the "Tropicana All Stars and Israel Kantor".
He brought his musical extravaganza Tropical Passion to Las Vegas, Nevada, where it met with colossal success throughout its extended presentations at both the Sahara and the Las Vegas Hilton Hotels.
In addition to the countless recordings that enabled him to make a name for himself in the industry, the tireless Gutierrez dedicated himself to producing thriving musical documentaries like "Al Bárbaro Del Ritmo" Benny More, directed by renowned cinematographer Sergio Giral.
In 2005, with the passing of his faithful friend Kantor, he decides to take some time away from the stage and travels to Spain, searching for a new genuine sound, with a flamenco base, that will lead to the creation of a new project.
Sometime later, he returns to the States with a new proposal, the RG Royal Sound Orchestra "made up of 20 master musicians" and featuring an acoustic guitar with a "distinctive touch". With this orchestra, he has produced masterful musical pieces, carefully adhering to the "Big Band" structure and that are certain to be a worldwide success.
"The creation of this orchestra, from its musical arrangements to the selection of its musicians, is a pleasure unlike any other I have ever experienced in my life", the producer explains. "This is something that I have always wanted to do".
He began the project by working with the band to create a series of fusions over a flamenco base recorded with Spanish gypsies and an exceptional drum section recorded in Miami.
"I feel that we are setting the standard for the production of an exceptional recording, where every detail has been painstakingly guarded to perfection", he emphasizes.
"Impact-Impacto" is a compilation of all time great American hits in instrumental renditions. At the same time, he is working on adding the finishing touches for an upcoming album by the Tropicana All Stars titled "Israel Kantor y sus boleros".
"But there is still much left to be done, especially with this new orchestra, which will allow me to revive the Big Band orchestra format, making it a vibrant part of today´s contemporary music" he asserts.