OSCAR HERNANDEZ & ALMA LIBRE
On his sophomore release with Origin Records, Latin music titan Oscar Hernández displays his prowess as a pianist and composer on ten new original compositions.
Love the Moment presents Hernández in an intimate Latin jazz setting – a stark contrast from the 3x Grammy winning all-star salsa band he is presently known for and leads, Spanish Harlem Orchestra. On this dynamic new venture, the pianist is given room to truly shine and showcase his vast musical chops. Love the Moment serves as a follow up to Hernández’s celebrated 2017 release The Art of Latin Jazz, which was referred to as an “assertive and impressively varied work in tonal colour and drama” by Latin Jazz Network’s Raul de Gama.
Like it’s predecessor, Love the Moment presents a masterclass in Latin jass, led by the genre’s most important figures. Dating back to the 1970’s, Oscar Hernández’s storied career includes stints with Ismael Miranda, Celia Cruz, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Conjunto Libre, Grupo Folkorico, Ray Barreto and Ruben Blades’, the latter of which becamse the Musical Director for Paul Simon as well as the orchestrator and arranger for Gloria Estefan.
Hernández cemented his legacy with the formation of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the 13-piece all star salsa big band he’s helmed since 2005. The 3x Grammy-award winning ensemble is now in it’s 16th year and is considered one of the worlds’ premiere salsa groups. Their most recent release, Anniversary (ArtistShare), received the Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. Hernández has been hard at work preparing their Latin jazz tinged 7th release, due out in 2020.
With the scaled down ensemble on Love the Moment, Oscar Hernández demonstrates why he is one of the most important voices in Latin music.