Congratulations to all the members of Orquesta Aaragon!
Rafael Felipe Lay Bravo, Ernesto Bacallao Serrano, Juan Carlos Villegas Alfonso, Eduardo Ramon Rubio Perez, Dagoberto Pascual Gonzalez Piedra, Lazaro Dagoberto Gonzalez Siboré, Celso Valdes Santandreu, José Palma Cuesta, Roberto Espinosa Rodriguez, Orlando Jesus Pérez Montero, Guillermo Gonzalo Garcia Valdès, Armando Amezaga Valera
They share the nomination with other outstanding artists.
Category 56 - Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album
For solo artists, duos or groups, vocal or instrumental.
1. Chanchullo Rubén González [Nonesuch Records]
2. Canto Los Super Seven [Columbia/Legacy]
3. La Charanga Eterna ORQUESTA ARAGON [Lusafrica Records]
4. Las Flores De La Vida Compay Segundo [Nonesuch Records]
5. Dejame Entrar Carlos Vives [EMI Latin]
"For more than 60 years, la Orquesta Aragón has showed the world what Cha-cha-cha and Son is all about."
"Orquesta Aragon...has been making the people of Cuba dance for more than 60 years. What the Orquesta has always done best is move. In the '50s, it helped launch both the cha-cha and mambo crazes. But it has been in business since 1939 because it has never stayed in one place. It starts at point A and moves to point B, never afraid to fold something new into what has worked before. Orquesta plays music that people like immediately. It gets those people up on their feet."
- NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"Orquesta Aragon has seemingly been around since the dawn of time (well, since 1939), and their influence covers many faces of Cuban music, including the popularity of the mambo in America in the '50s. While the basis of their charanga style hasn't changed much over the years, still relying on the vocalists and front line of violins for its sound, the arrangements offer much more subtlety and freedom than their older material, keeping pace with the popularity of acts like the Buena Vista Social Club. The playing standards are, of course, impeccable throughout, whether on the cha cha, traditional son, the more countrified guaracha, or a formal danzon. These are past masters of every Cuban style, and are not afraid to show their versatility with real sparkle and flair." - ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"This group was formed in 1939 by Orestes Aragon Cantero and became well-known as a premier charanga band. Since then, the group has, naturally, undergone many personnel changes, but its sound remains a definitive Cuban dance-band vibe. Today, the repertoire is seemingly limitless and thoroughly in the service of the group's purpose, which is to lure its audience onto the dance floor. The violin section, led by Rafael Lay Jr., flutist Eduardo Rubio, and vocalists Ernesto Bacallao and Juan Carlos Villegas provide a continuous stream of musical highlights."
The nominees were announced on Jan. 4 at a press conference at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Feb. 27 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.