release date: 16.04.2021 via Rubén Blades Production
The album will also be released in separate editions, SALSA PLUS! on April 23 and SWING! on April 30. Only digital for now, but physical copies are expected to be produced at a later date.
“SALSWING! as an album has different purposes. One, to present the Roberto Delgado Orchestra as an outfit capable of expanding its original Panamanian roots to cover other musical genres,” says Blades. “Another, to present my interest in exploring other vocal directions and thus eliminate the stereotype that affirms that we are conditioned to only exist artistically within specific boundaries, according to our nationality. Perhaps the most important point is to exemplify that, as artists, we address our music to the world, not just to a specific segment of its population.”
This triple bill redefines on its own rights, with the Latin spirit, what had been done in the past many times but differently. Jazz had been always scoping and harvesting from other genres to feed its own vitality, mostly from folk traditions worldwide, but also from the classical music and even operatic arias rooted in the Renaissance cantabile. And there is no difference here, but still with a bit of picanteirie, as modern Salsa , if you think deeper is a blend of what left from the native people’s music roots injected with the well tempered scales which colonization brought to them as a part of the whole miserable package. History, as always makes a circles, so does the music influence. What matters is only what comes on the end, and that is just a pure Joy. And this lovely, dance dish is served by the favorite and most enjoyable Latin Orchestra, being around over half of the century now.