Ruben Blades' main backup group during the 1980s, Seis Del Solar, became independent in time to record its debut CD in 1992. The music is quite stirring; a prime example of Afro-Cuban jazz at its best. Arturo Ortiz' synthesizers give the band a very contemporary feel, the rhythm section is tight and explosive, the grooves are often funky, and the occasional group vocals add to the music's spirit (although a rap by Ralph Irizarry on "Entregate" is annoying). This CD has ten group originals, mostly by Ortiz or pianist Oscar Hernandez, and sometimes the band (which also includes bassist Mike Vinus, Irizarry on timbales, drummer Robbie Ameen, and Sammy Figueroa on conga) is a little reminiscent of Chick Corea. An impressive debut.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow