The Salsa Never Ends is Latin jazz violinst Susie Hansen's second CD, a well-received and critically-reviewed recording with songs that have become popular around the globe. On this 2002 Jazz Caliente Records release, Susie and her Los Angeles-based band play hard-driving, dance-inspiring, soul-moving Latin jazz and Salsa.
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1. "I Want to Know" (Erich Bulling and Susie Hansen, arr. by David Stout)
A hot Latin jazz opener featuring solos from Susie and trombonist David Stout. In LA Jazz Scene, Patricia Albela calls this selection, "a dazzling mambo jazz collaboration between Hansen and co-producer Erich Bulling."
2. "La Salsa Nunca Se Acaba (The Salsa Never Ends)" (Yorthley Riva, adapted by Susie Hansen and Erasmo Ortiz from "Salsa Computarizada")
The title cut features vocalist George Balmaseda in an explosive and fierce salsa in the New York tradition. This selection has received extensive airplay over the past two years throughout the US, Canada and across the world, and in 2003-2004 was included in three major European Latin compilations. "The title track has become a club and radio favorite," says Nelson Rodriguez, Latin Beat Magazine. "The title track can pack a dance floor with its infections Salsa Dura," Walberto Escobar, Sabor Magazine.
3. "Blues Con Fuego" (Susie Hansen, arr. by David Stout)
This is a fiery Latin jazz merengue written by Susie, a tour-de-force for soloists Hansen, tenor saxophonist Justo Almario and congero Joe De Leon. It's a powerful, thrilling, lightening-fast romp. According to renowned percussionist and recording artist, Bobby Sanabria, "'Blues Con Fuego' successfully blends merengue, blues, charanga and funk into one cohesive unit that rocks. Susie plays the heck out of it, and if that weren't enough she composed the darn thing!" This song has received extensive airplay on jazz and Latin jazz radio.
4. "Que Pase La Tormenta" (Susie Hansen, Erich Bulling, Ruben Esteva, arr. by David Stout)
This salsa collaboration was written by Susie, producer Bulling and lead singer Esteva, and arranged by trombonist David Stout. "Just the right mix of 'sabor' to tantalize even the hardest of the hard-core Salseros," says David Ortiz, WRTI-FM, Philadelphia.
5. "Cha Cha Con Maña" (Ruben Esteva, arr. by David Stout)
Written and sung by vocalist Ruben Esteva, this charming Cha Cha Cha is complemented by an engaging arrangement by David Stout.
6. "La Pregunta" (Susie Hansen/David Stout, arr. by David Stout)
A lyrical violin solo by Susie, and a fiery, funky tenor solo by Steve Marsh are offered in this Latin jazz Bolero. "Superb," says Patricia Albela, LA Jazz Scene. Mark Holston says in Hispanic Magazine, "The romantic bolero 'La Pregunta' allows her elegant classical technique to surface."
7. "With Each Beat of My Heart" (Stevie Wonder, arr. by Susie Hansen)
The only vocal selection in English, this song is a salsa arrangement of a Stevie Wonder song. It's "a surprise hit, a romantic tune arranged by Susie Hansen," according to Kathy "La Rumbera" Diaz in Sabor Magazine. "I love the Steve Wonder song done in salsa," says David Ortiz, WRTI-FM, Philadelphia.
8. "Alibi"(David Stout, arr. by David Stout)
A powerful Latin jazz mambo by David Stout, this selection is a vehicle for the solo power of Hansen, saxophonist Justo Almario and pianist Joe Rotondi. The shout chorus has all the great style of the finest big band jazz numbers. A "fiery Latin jazz arrangement that truly cooks," Bruce Polin, Descarga.
9. "Eleguá" (Tony Fuentes)
This Charanga for the dancers has a unique arrangement. According to Gilbert Rivera of Latin Beat Magazine, "Highlights of the CD include 'Eleguá,' a retro pachanga."
10. "Tambo" (George Balmaseda, arr. by Armando Morales, Susie Hansen, George Balmaseda)
An original, exciting and very danceable salsa with powerhouse vocals from the great singer George Balmaseda. "Oh, those dance tunes! 'Tambo' is a real show stopper with its clever arrangement," writes Kathy "La Rumbera" Diaz for Sabor Magazine.
- SUSIE HANSEN, electric violin, background vocals
- GEORGE BALMASEDA, lead vocals, background vocals
- RUBEN ESTEVA, lead vocals
- DAVID STOUT, trombone
- STEVE MARSH, tenor sax, flute
- JUSTO ALMARIO, tenor sax
- JOE ROTONDI, JR., piano
- RENE CAMACHO, bass, background vocals
- JOEY DE LEON, congas, bongos, percussion
- RICARDO "TIKI" PASILLAS, drums, timbales, percussion
- Produced by ERICH BULLING and SUSIE HANSEN
- Executive Producer, SUSIE HANSEN
- Mixing Engineer, ROLY GARBALOSA
- Mixing Producer, MIKE RIVERA
- Original CD art, MICHAEL CRAMPTON
- Graphic Design, HECTOR CRUZ SANDOVAL
- Susie Hansen plays the Zeta Violin
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