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From the early '90s on, violinist Susie Hansen has led one of the most popular Afro-Cuban jazz/salsa/dance bands in the Los Angeles area. Her group works steadily and easily straddles the boundaries between salsa and Latin jazz, excelling in both areas. Hansen's long-overdue second recording is a good reflection of how her band sounds live. Four of the ten songs are instrumentals, most of the vocal tunes have some worthwhile jazz solos, and all of the music is quite danceable and somewhat joyous. In addition to the leader's swinging and singing violin, soloists include trombonist David Stout, tenor saxophonist Steve Marsh, and pianist Joe Rotondi; Justo Almario makes two guest appearances on tenor. With George Balmaseda and Ruben Esteva taking turns contributing lead vocals, there is no shortage of excitement throughout the memorable set. This disc is well done on all levels and perfect music for any Latin party.


Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the few violinists who specializes in playing Latin jazz, the talented Susie Hansen works frequently with both her jazz and salsa bands in the Los Angeles area. Her father, James Hansen, was with the Chicago Symphony for 37 years and was her first teacher. Susie studied jazz in Boston with Charlie Banacos, sat in often with Cedar Walton in Chicago, and moved to L.A....
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