1. "Representante de la Salsa" (Susie Hansen, Erich Bulling, George
Balmaseda, arr. by Susie Hansen, Erich Bulling) 3:46
The title song is a driving Salsa Dura written by Susie Hansen, producer Erich Bulling and
vocalist George Balmaseda, arranged by Hansen and Bulling. Sung with fiery intensity by
Balmaseda, "Representante" challenges you to elect Susie's band as your Representative of
Famous jazz journalist and photographer Ken Franckling says, "The
title track is one of the many burners here." According to Daniel Niedermann of www.LatinMusik.ch in Switzerland, "The
rousing melody lets the dancers glide light-footed across the dance floor. A very lovely solo
by Susie Hansen on the violin."
2. "Te Quiero, Te Amo" (Susie Hansen, Erich Bulling, arr. by David Stout)
A fast-paced Salsa Romantica sung by Balmaseda, this is another original by Hansen and
Bulling, and has a sharp arrangement by trombonist David Stout.
Roberto Rabbi from Italy at www.Salsa.it calls this song "a beautiful romantic Salsa with sabor." As Daniel
Niedermann writes in German at www.LatinMusik.ch, "The fast start belies the rather romantic title. There’s a
very fine arrangement here and I really like the lead vocals."
3. "Vehicle" [Vehicle (James M Peterik, Paul Murtha); Tu Carrito (C.
Valencia, O. Hernandez)] 4:59
A driving Salsa Dura in English and Spanish, this song features a powerful lead vocal in
English by Kaspar Abbo, driving Spanish soneos by George Balmaseda, a fiery violin
solo by Susie and a tour de force performance by the band. The song is a cover of the 1970's
hit "Vehicle" by The Ides of March, recorded previously by Carlos Oliva, with his timba
arrangement and a medley with the relentless "Tu Carrito."
Noted jazz journalist Marc Myers of JazzWax.com observes,
"You have to love an artist who chooses to give the Ides of March’s 1960 soul-pop hit
Vehicle a Salsa spin." Daniel Niedermann of Sitzerland at www.LatinMusik.ch calls this song "A
fireworks display sung in English and Spanish."
4. "Frank Sinatra Cha Cha Cha" [Fly Me to the Moon (Bart Howard), It
Could Happen to You (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke), It Had to be You (Isham Jones, Gus
Kahn), All of Me (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons), arr. by David Stout] 8:17
This is the longest cut on the CD, great for those who really love to dance the cha cha
cha. It's an interpretation by arranger David Stout of some familiar songs from the Great
American Song Book. Kaspar Abbo sings "Fly Me to the Moon," Susie Hansen sings "It Could
Happen to You," George Balmaseda sings "It Had to Be You," and Susie and Kaspar perform "All
of Me" as a vocal duet. The instrumental solos by Hansen on violin, pianist Joe Rotondi,
saxophonist Tim Messina and trombonist David Stout, give extra spice to this cha cha cha
According to Lee and J.J. MacFadden, Double Take columnists for www.TriCities.com, these four songs are "American classics that manage
to be true to the originals as well as finding their own distinct Latin sound." Roberto
Rabbi at www.Salsa.it from Italy says, "Beautiful are the voices of the singers George
Balmaseda, Kaspar Abbo and Hansen herself."
5. "No Te Metas Conmigo" (Hector Manuel, Daniel Castillo)
This hard-driving Salsa, the only cut performed in a Charanga style on the CD, seduces the
dancers to the dance floor. The band's fiery interpretation, along with George Balmaseda's
lead vocals, Tim Messina's flute and Susie Hansen's tipico violin solo give this cut
an irresistible drive.
Bruce Polin of Descarga.com in New York advises, "Listen to the killer No Te Metas
Conmigo, a red-hot Charanga number which is one of my favorites."
6. "Si No Contigo" (Susie Hansen, David Stout, arr. by David Stout)
A fast-moving original instrumental mambo by Hansen and Stout, this danceable Latin Jazz
features striking solos by Hansen and piano great Joe Rotondi, and not just one but two wild
conga solos by Joe De Leon.
At www.LatinMusik.ch in
Switzerland, writer Daniel Niedermann describes this song as "an instrumental Latin jazz
Mambo with beautiful solos -- it's a song for the late hours."
7. "I Want to Love You" (Angel Lopez, arr. by Angel Lopez)
This fast original Salsa Dura in English was written by Cuban/American bassist Angel Lopez
for Susie's band, and is sung by Susie and Kaspar Abbo as a duet.
Roberto Rabbi from Italy at www.Salsa.it says "The track I Want to Love You,
offers a more romantic-sounding Salsa."
Susie Hansen - Representante - I Want to Love You (demo).mp3
8. "Si Me Vas a Querer"(Susie Hansen, George Balmaseda, Erich Bulling,
arr. by Francisco Torres) 4:40
A smoldering Salsa by Susie, Bulling and Balmaseda, this song is given a lovely romantic
treatment by singer Balmaseda and a jazzy arrangement by Francisco Torres of the Poncho
According to DJ Chino of
Colombia, "I love Si Me Vas A Querer, which has a catchy chorus and
a very interesting rhythm. It's Salsa Romatica in its most beautiful expression, with the
excellent vocal of Cubano George Balsameda."
9. "Las Calles de Chicago" (Susie Hansen, Erich Bulling, arr. by Susie
Hansen, Erich Bulling) 5:27
A bright Latin jazz written in honor of Susie Hansen's home town, this original
instrumental mambo features solos from violinist Hansen, pianist Rotondi and powerful
timbalero Jimmy Branly.
According to Roberto Rabbi from Italy at www.Salsa.it, "Of note is the excellent Salsa/Descarga, Las Calles
de Chicago." Lubi Jovanovic of Salsa-Central.com in the UK writes, "The Latin
jazz track gives Miss Hansen a chance to really stretch out."
10. "Beyond the Sea" (Charles Trenet, Jack Lawrence) 4:55
A cover of the well-known Bobby Darin interpretation of this beloved American jazz
standard, Kaspar Abbo croons over the band's compelling Cha Cha Cha beat. Check out the
band's version of the big-band shout chorus with its bright Latin feel and Jimmy Branly's
striking timbale fills.
11. "Y Sigue Pensando" (Susie Hansen, Erich Bulling, arr. by Ramon
The CD concludes with another original Salsa Dura by Susie Hansen and Erich Bulling, song
by George Balmaseda. This is another memorable and forceful Salsa dance tune that fills the
Writing in German for www.LatinMusik.ch in Switzerland, Daniel Niedermann saysa, "The band really
cracks it once again at the end with the Y Sigue Pensando hit, a
worthy conclusion to an album that enchants me."