ANNOUNCING THE NEW CD RELEASE! ORIENTE's Soul EnClave, featuring four original tunes and arrangements, plus Pepe's arrangement (via his Mongo era) of Ibiano, and a bonus track dedicated to our brothers who've moved on - Pepe, Oscar Salas and Victor Kirk... All of them on this beautiful version of Ellington's In A Sentimental Mood...Available at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ORIENTE

With love and tribute to our friend & brother - Pepe "New Yawk!" Aparicio. We were fortunate to have his groove, soul and stories with us for a decade longer than we'd expected. Pepe made our music and lives richer, cooler, funnier... We miss him deeply and treasure his time with Oriente. Hey Pep! You're jammin' with Mongo & the cats again!

The band's original sound comes from deep Afro-Cuban roots & rhythms influenced by Jazz, Blues, Brazilian & Soul music. Oriente began their first tour at famed New Orleans Jazz club "Snug Harbor" where their sizzling, rhythmic and melodic Afro-Cuban sounds created a buzz among the best musicians in town along with audiences used to cutting edge music performances ala New Orleans.

Oriente continues to record and perform creative original music with fresh arrangements and exciting stage presence.  

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Conceived by Cuban-born guitarist/composer Eddy Balzola after years of touring with show bands, reggae and Latin bands, Las Vegas clubs etc.,  More...