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Victor Rendón and The Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band release “True Flight,” Limited Vinyl Edition (Bilingual)

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Quantity of one album jacket in “CMYK 4 colors 400 grams”, inner paper sleeve with clear plastic protection, 33RPM 180-gram clear-transparent colored vinyl record consisting of eco-friendly materials and produced with DMM technology with four songs on Side A and four songs on Side B. Outer plastic sleeve sealed with circular silver hologram sticker containing a random, repeating pattern of the words “ORIGINAL” and “AUTHENTIC” with a unique serial number, which is printed in green ink. Limited edition vinyl record with a bonus track.
LINER NOTES
The Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band is a dynamic twenty-piece ensemble led by percussionist, composer, and arranger educator Victor Rendón.
 
Established by Rendón in 2012, with the support of the Lehman College Music Department, the Bronx Conexión began as a “jazz” rehearsal band, performing stock charts by Count Basie, Thad Jones, and Mel Lewis. The breakthrough came when Rendón, trombonist Rick Faulkner, and pianist Joe Mannozzi decided to include new, original material. Today, the repertoire includes a wide variety of music that appeals to listeners and dancers alike, including original compositions and selections influenced by the songbooks of Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, Mario Bauza, and Chico O’Farrill, among others.
Rendón’s “secret weapons” are the core players: seasoned musicians and composers with a broad range of experience and guests: trumpeter Claudio Roditi, John “Dandy” Rodriguez on bongos, tenor saxophonists Lew Tabackin, Lou Marini Jr. and Jorge Maldonado on guiro and maracas.
 
Accurate Flight – Vinyl Edition – highlights the band’s virtuosity and offers a spectacular array of music. Tunes such as Café Sin Leche and True Flight merge mambo with traces of Cuban Timba; master percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel’s stretches wonderfully on Buena Gente, a Mambo in the style of Beny Moré and the swinging Oriente. Vocalist Cascadú is featured on the Brazilian Groove, Island Woman. The group also performs a moving interpretation of Carlos Santana’s Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile) featuring Joe Stelluti on tenor sax.
The ensemble has performed at the Johnny Pacheco Latin Music & Jazz Festival and various functions at Lehman College. Also, the band held a six-year residency at the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café, where it performed regularly on the second Tuesday of every month.
 
Much like the stunning cover art by graphic artist Victor Manuel Rendón, whose artwork depicts the performers ascending on a journey of creation as they strive for True Flight, the album marks a new chapter in the Bronx Conexión’s trajectory. Listen and dance to an ensemble’s exciting, joyous sounds destined for greatness.
DESCRIPCIÓN DEL PRODUCTO
Cantidad de una cubierta de álbum en “CMYK 4 colores 400 gramos”, funda interior de papel con protección de plástico transparente, disco de vinilo de color transparente de 33RPM de 180 gramos compuesto por materiales ecológicos y producido con tecnología DMM con cuatro canciones en la cara A y cuatro canciones en la cara B. Funda exterior de plástico sellada con una pegatina holográfica circular plateada que contiene un patrón aleatorio y repetido de las palabras “ORIGINAL” y “AUTHENTIC” con un número de serie único, impreso en tinta verde. Disco de vinilo de edición limitada con bonus track.
NOTAS
La Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band es un conjunto dinámico de veinte integrantes dirigido por el percusionista, compositor y educador de arreglistas Víctor Rendón.
Establecida por Rendón en 2012, con el apoyo del Departamento de Música de Lehman College, Bronx Conexión comenzó como una banda de ensayo de “jazz”, interpretando canciones de Count Basie, Thad Jones y Mel Lewis. El gran avance se produjo cuando Rendón, el trombonista Rick Faulkner y el pianista Joe Mannozzi decidieron incluir material nuevo y original. Hoy en día, el repertorio incluye una amplia variedad de música que atrae tanto a oyentes como a bailarines, incluidas composiciones originales y selecciones influenciadas por los cancioneros de Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodríguez, Mario Bauza y Chico O’Farrill, entre otros.
Las “armas secretas” de Rendón son los jugadores principales: músicos y compositores experimentados con una amplia experiencia e invitados: el trompetista Claudio Roditi, John “Dandy” Rodríguez en los bongos, los saxofonistas tenores Lew Tabackin, Lou Marini Jr. y Jorge Maldonado en el güiro y maracas.
Accurate Flight – Edición en vinilo – destaca el virtuosismo de la banda y ofrece una espectacular variedad de música. Temas como Café Sin Leche y True Flight fusionan mambo con rastros de timba cubana; El maestro percusionista Wilson “Chembo” Corniel se extiende maravillosamente en Buena Gente, un Mambo al estilo de Beny Moré y el swing de Oriente. El vocalista Cascadú aparece en el ritmo brasileño, Island Woman. El grupo también realiza una conmovedora interpretación de Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile) de Carlos Santana con Joe Stelluti en el saxo tenor.
El conjunto se ha presentado en el Festival de Música Latina y Jazz Johnny Pacheco y en varias funciones en Lehman College. Además, la banda realizó una residencia de seis años en el reconocido Nuyorican Poets Café, donde se presentaba regularmente el segundo martes de cada mes.
Al igual que la impresionante portada del artista gráfico Víctor Manuel Rendón, cuya obra de arte muestra a los artistas ascendiendo en un viaje de creación mientras luchan por alcanzar True Flight, el álbum marca un nuevo capítulo en la trayectoria de Bronx Conexión. Escuche y baile los sonidos emocionantes y alegres de un conjunto destinado a la grandeza.

SONGS & CREDITS
SIDE A (Total Time: 21:57)
True Flight                        4:52
Generoso                         6:14
Café Sin Leche                5:26
Europa                             5:25
SIDE B (Total Time: 22:04)
Buena Gente                  6:42
Island Woman                5:44
Oriente                           6:19
Tres Palabras                 3:19 (Bonus Track)
Special Guests:
Claudio Roditi
Johnny Rodríguez
Lew Tabackin
Lou Marini, Jr.
Jorge Maldonado
Percussion
Victor Rendón – timbales, batá (Iyá), shekere, quijada (jawbone of donkey), frog rasp, rainstick, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel – congas, batá (Itótele), campana, woodblocks, clave, ocean drum, Cascadú – shekere, cajón base, batá (Okónkolo), pandeiro, cuica, triangle, cricket, tan-tan, shakers, frog rasp, woodblocks, windchimes, pods, rainstick, and other miscellaneous percussion, Yasuyo Kimura – bongó & cencerro, shekere, guataca, shaker, cajón repicador, frog rasp, agogo
Vocal
Cascadú – “Island Woman”
Drumset
Ron Smith
Woodwinds
Flute – Jessica Valiente
Alto Saxophone – Al Acosta
Alto Saxophone / Clarinet – Debra Kreisberg
Tenor Saxophone / Flute – Joe Stelluti, Chris Stelluti
Baritone Saxophone / Clarinet – Karl Watson
Brass
Trumpet / Flugel – Anibal Martínez, Guido Gonzalez, John Replogle, Kathleen Doran
Trombones – Rick Faulkner
Piano
Joe Mannozzi
Bass
Ray Martínez
Guests
Claudio Roditi – trumpet solo on “Café Sin Leche” 
Johnny Rodríguez – bongos on “Generoso”, “Europa”, & “Oriente”
Jorge Maldonado – maracas & güiro on “Generoso”, “Europa” & “Oriente, ” 
Lew Tabackin – tenor sax solo on “La Buena Gente”
Lou Marini, Jr. – tenor sax solo on “Island Woman”
Production
Produced by Victor Rendón
Recorded at “Songs for You” by John Díaz
Mastered by Guido Díaz
Mixed by: John Díaz. Joe Mannozzi, Wilson “Chembo’ Corniel, Cascadú & Victor Rendón
Cover art: Victor Manuel Rendón
Band photo: Keren Plowden
Graphic design: Angel Rosado
Vinyl production manager: Ralph Riley
Contacts
Victor Rendón Website: www.victorrendon.com 
Bronx Conexion Websites: www.bronxconexion.com
Contact Victor Rendón: vicrendon@msn.com
Cassio Records: email cassiorecords@gmail.com    
Record Labels
Tortilla Flat Music / Bronx Conexion Music Enterprises / Cassio Records Limited
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Bonus Historic Track: Tres Palabras – Osvaldo Farres; arranged by Chico O’ Farrill
Recorded at the iconic Nola Recording Studio (NYC) on August 16th, 1994. “Tres Palabras” was originally released on the Armando Rodriguez / Victor Rendón Latin Jazz Orchestra, “Havana Blues” CD, 1998. With Chico O’Farrill conducting an all-star lineup, this historic track included Victor Paz, Manny Duran, Jerry Dodgion, Papo Vasquez, Arturo O’Farrill, Andy Gonzalez, Giovanni Hidalgo, and John Almendra, among others. Consequently, this session was the seed for the creation of the Bronx Conexión Latin Jazz Big Band 14 years later. 
Musicians for “Tres Palabras” Session
  Trumpets

  Victor Paz, Jim Seeley, Manny Duran, Armando Rodriguez
  Saxophones
  Jerry Dodgion, Peck Allmond, Bobby Franceschini, Enrique Fernandez, Pablo Calogero
  Trombones
  Gerald Chamberlain, Papo Vasquez, Dave Chamberlain, Earl Mcintyre
  Piano
  Arturo O’ Farrill
  Bass
  Andy Gonzalez
  Congas
  Giovanni Hidalgo
  Bongos
  John Almendra
  Drumset
  Victor Rendón
Victor Rendon – Biography
Percussionist, educator, composer and arranger – Victor Rendón – is a New York City musician who has released seven CDs as a leader and has worked with Mongo Santamaria, Chico O’Farrill, Carlos “Patato” Valdés, Ray Santos, Grupo Caribe, The Latin Jazz Coalition, The “New” Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Los Más Valientes, Grupo Latin Vibe, Rudy Calzado’s Cubarama, and many others. Rendón holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas and a Master’s in education from Hunter College (NYC). He has had a lengthy career teaching instrumental music and Latin percussion in New York City Public Schools. Victor is an active clinician and author of The Art of Playing Timbales, published by Music in Motion Films and distributed by Alfred Music.
Victor performs with his group, Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band, and his Afro-Caribbean percussion group, Co-Tim-Bó. He also teaches at Lehman College in NYC, where he teaches Latin Percussion, leads the Percussion Ensemble, and directs the Lehman Latin Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Rendón is an LP, Sabian, Vic Firth, and Evans performing artist and educator.
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A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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