The classic Marcelino Guerra composition Ahora Mismo--which the legendary Graciela (Machito's sister and co-lead singer of Machito & His Afro-Cubans) made popular a half century ago is the title of this latest production by songstress Choco Orta. The CD pays tribute to some of the prominent divas of Latin music, including Graciela, Celia Cruz and La Lupe. The Puerto Rican multi-hyphenate is at the top of her game in this new recording produced by Gilberto Santa Rosa and Charlie Donato (who also served as musical director).
The all-star cast includes Johnny Torres (bass), Luis Marin (piano), Sammy Garcia (percussion), Ricardo Pons (saxophone), Jan Ducklerc and Luis Aquino (trumpets), and Jorge Díaz (trombone), among others. Background vocals feature the talents of Gilberto Santa Rosa, Adalberto Santiago and Charlie Donato, with arrangements credited to Ramón Sánchez.
While female singers continue to be few and Iost in the mix...