Artist: RG ROYAL SOUND ORCHESTRA
Label: RG RECORDS
Catalog #: 0201
UPC Code: 851257002015
Release Date: 02/02/2010
1- Hotel California 4:01 Glen Frey, Don Henley, Don Felder
2- My Way 4:36 Composer: Paul Anka, Giles Thibault, Claude Francois, Jacques Reveaux
3- Volare 3:03 Composer: Mitchel Parish, Domenico Modugno, Franco Migliaci
4- As Time Goes By 3:15 Herman Hupfeld
5- That´s The Way 3:00 Harry Casey, Richard Finch
6- I Left my Heart In San Francisco 3:08 G. Cory, D. Cross
7- Strangers In The Night 3:22 C. Singleton, E. Snyder, B. Kaempert
8- Yesterday 2:50 John Lennon , Paul McCartney
9- New York New York 3:09 Fred Ebb, John Kander
10- Can´t Help Falling In Love 3:25 George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore
11- O Sole Mio 3:02 Edoardo Di Capua, Giovanni Capurro, A. Mazzucchi
12- Macarena 3:24 Rafael Ruiz, Antonio Romero Monge
Producer: Recaredo Gutiérrez
Executive Production: Recaredo Gutiérrez, Ruxandra Gutiérrez
Artist Key Markets: Miami (FL)
Musical Production: Recaredo Gutiérrez, Mike Lewis , Hilario Duran , Raúl "Lulo" Pérez, Jorge Arronte , Richard Gutiérrez , Ruxandra Gutiérrez
Orchestra Director Mike Lewis
Arrangers Mike Lewis, Tony Taño, Hilario Duran , Jorge Arronte, Raúl "Lulo" Pérez
Bass: Antonio Ramos Urbano "Maca" - 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11; Guitar: José Miguel Carmona "Josemi"- 4, 9; Guitar: José Lozada- 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11; Guitar: Juan Carmona - 6, 8; Guitar: Paco Aguilera - 1, 2, 3, 7; Drums: Anye Bao - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 ; Percussion: José Manuel Ruiz "Bandolero"- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11: Chorus: Paco Aguilera -12; Carlos Nuño -12
Saxophones: Billy Ross - Alto, Soprano Saxophones; Dan Salmasian - Alto Saxophone; Ed Calle - Tenor, Soprano Saxophone, & Solos; Ed Maina - Tenor Saxophone; Mike Brignola - Baritono Saxophone; Trombones: John Kricker; Steve Sigmund; Jason Pyle; Jim Berman - Bass Trombone ; Trumpets: Adalberto Lara "Trompetica", Jim Hacker, Mario Ortiz, Doug Michels; Electric Guitar: Lindsey Blair - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12; Bass: Ranses Colon -1, 2, 4, 6, 9; Bass: Edward Magdariaga- 12; Drums: Richard Bravo - 6, 8, 12; Percussion: Richard Bravo- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12; Piano: Hilario Duran - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11; Raúl "Lulo" Pérez- 8, 12; Jorge Arronte - 6, 10
The making of this album is an act of loyalty to music and a search inspired on the virtuosity of a performance. The open possibilities of taking up again all those themes that have branded the musical imagination of countless generations and nations are an attractive challenge for someone that firmly believes that music is made to be heard.
Though this last statement may appear unwarranted, it is evident that the entertainment industry along with the modern technology that has been applied to music have conspired - in the typical paradox of progress - against music´s singular sound essence, opting for the visual image over sound or for technological sophistication over the performer´s sheer talent. This is why we have chosen to bring back the essence of music through the magic derived from the sounds of traditional instruments, accompanied only by the talent and acoustic creativity of the performers and musicians that have partaken on this project.
The CD you are currently holding is a tribute to the "purest" values of music; the encounter and counterpoint of horns and drums, strings, Piano with hand-clapping in perfect harmony. To that end, we assume the post-modern legacy evident, from this moment on and resulting in this original "FUSION" which joins the traditional jazz band sound with the flamenco heritage that is itself rooted in emotion, improvisation and rhythm.
The tracks for "Impact" have been meticulously selected with particular importance noted to their significance in the project. This compilation hopes to pay tribute to our rich musical heritage, especially amidst the current values allotted by the music industry, that hold as its defining characteristic the need to impose its standards dictating that visual image is far more relevant than either the sound or the performer´s talent.
This is not about negating the process and elements that make up music history. The entire process assimilates a legacy that takes place in the present sound, though, modern times have relegated to the universities, libraries and centers of higher learning that musical tendency that some identify as either classical, select, instrumental or simply as conservatory music.
Musical culture, like any other artistic process is built from contrasts, cancelling out tradition, or re-examining various tendencies, thus no path that may lead to enrichment through music as an integrative act should be excluded. From our perspective, rescuing the inherent meaning in music is the key to reinstating the values that have shaped our realities and our own self awareness. While the generalization or the lightly labeled explanation of music based on the use of various electronic means for the creation of modern sounds dominates the music market and the mass media praises image, the remarkable musicians of the "RG Royal Sound Orchestra," through the outstanding release of "Impact" have created an opening, so that the new generations don´t run the risk of growing up without enjoying the magic created by an acoustic performance, the musician and his instrument. We are also thinking of our youth, limited by the cultural musical models of today. Our work will have been rewarded if these classic pieces, performed by the gifted musicians in this remarkable orchestra, are able to reach the musical sensibilities of the very young, making it their own.
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