When Mexican-born pianist Christian Tumalán isn’t co-leading the Grammy Award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra, he gets his groove on with the lean and mean Montuno Swing, a hard-driving combo that delivers old-school salsa dura. Its trombone front line, which harkens back to Eddie Palmieri’s Conjunto La Perfecta, puts a contemporary spin on the classic sound that set New York spinning in the 1960s.
The band is made up of outstanding San Francisco Bay Area musicians hailing from Latin America and the U.S., with a sound that reflects their eclectic backgrounds. They bring together juicy trombone tunes, long-tickling piano solos, and clever percussion beats that send the audience spinning accross the dance floor!
Montuno Swing is not only a music lover’s gem, but also a dancer’s band. They give salseros a lot of structure for movement and groove.