Some pictures from Salsa4U's annual anniversary party, with live music by Sajaso:
Nelson Delgado (above) is so well known now as a sonero with Orquesta GarDel and Charanga Carolina, that I almost forgot what a great percussionist he is. He first made his name in Triangle bands as a conguero with Carnavalito, and some other bygone bands.
The sound was great at this show, and the party was by all accounts a big success. Not charging extra for a live band, and featuring a lot of door prizes and cash awards for best costumes, Salsa4U really gave back to its customers. Their monthly social runs throughout the year on third Saturdays at Fred Astaire Studio on Garrett Road in Durham.
Sajaso takes various incarnations and can be pretty loose at times, but they sounded extra good. Something exciting happened during "Oye Como Va": the rhythm section locked in to Pako Santiago's bell pattern, like an excelerant, and took the salsa bridge extra hot and fast. I guess this is what you get when a band can actually hear themselves play.
Now you see him: Frank Vila rocking at the keyboard.
Sajaso's first studio album, Autumn Leaves, is out; review to follow soon.