Heavy salsa dura with old-school flavor All originals, with an all-star band. First time on vinyl for this 2008 salsa masterpiece. If you like the Fania classics, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Puente and Quintero’s Salsa Project, you’ll love Jesús Pagán y Su Orquesta.

Oye mi gente, do you like classic jams from the golden age of Nuyorican salsa dura? Well, so does orchestra leader, vocalist and composer Jesús Pagán, and for his first album as a solo act and leader he has assembled a fabulous team of ace musicians and top arrangers for your listening pleasure. Every tune on this record is a bona fide salsa scorcher, hot and heavy. Though some of the compositions feature romantic lyrics, there is NO salsa monga—that is, sappy romantic pop salsa—every jam on has plenty of “moña” (brass crescendo) “tumbao” (bass lines) and mambo (polyrhythm) to it. With so much sabor (taste) and authentic “feeling” on this long-playing album, I’m sure you will agree this is a killer collection - literally “salsa de la mata” (killer salsa)!
— DJ Bongohead