3x Grammy Award Winner Oscar Hernández has long been considered one of the most gifted and prominent pianist/ arrangers/producers on the contemporary Latin, Latin-jazz and salsa music scene.
Oscar Hernandez is the leader of the world renowned “Spanish Harlem Orchestra”, and with the release of Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre, “The Art Of Latin jazz” on the Origin Label, Oscar is making a more personal statement with his music and adding to his legacy on the Latin jazz side as a Pianist,Composer,Arranger.. The CD is 10 of his new original compositions, as performed by Oscar on piano and his brilliant Quintet, consisting of justo Almario, sax & flute, Jimmy Branly, drums, Jorge “Sawa” Perez, bass, & Christian Moraga, percussion. All veterans of the Latin jazz scene and great musicians in their own right.
In addition, Oscar ,presents the extraordinary talent of Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet as a special invited guest.
The music on “The Art Of Latin jazz” will take you on a journey of musical palletes, i.e. hot, cool, smooth, lyrical, passionate, etc.As far as Latin Jazz music, it does not get any better. Oscar Hernández has a unique and fresh take on the genre which stems from his vast experience and knowledge of the music scene he’s been an integral part of for so many years.
released March 17, 2017
The Art Of Latin Jazz (4:17)
One Day Soon (5:59)
Danzon Para Las Seis (5:18)
Right On (5:11)
ESPN Blues (5:03)
Fort Apache (5:43)
Entre Amigos (4:10)
Como Te Amo (5:14)
Alma Libre (6:00)
All compostions by: Oscar Hernández Taino Music BMI
Oscar Hernández- Piano
Christian Moraga- Congas/Percussion
Jorge “Sawa” Perez-Bass
Invited Guest: Gilbert Castellanos-Trumpet
Background Vocals on “Danzon Para Las Seis” Jeremy Bosch
Produced by: Oscar Hernández
Executive Producers: Oscar Hernández & Joseph W.Slopis III
aka “Wolfgang Von Einstein”
Recorded Live at Stagg Street Sudios, Van Nuys,CA
September 26 – 27, 2016
Recording Engineer: Bil Lane
Assisted by: Takuya Kono
Mixed & Mastered by Jimmy Branly
Photography by: Yari Ortiz