Orquesta Narvaez

Orquesta Narvaez

Originally from Puerto Rico, Orquesta Narvaez was a band that typified the Salsa sounds of the 70’s in New York City. With an emphasis on heavy trombone lines, their music preceded the term “salsa dura”, which is the description currently used to describe their style of music today. Led by vocalist Armando Vasquez, the band had moderate success with their first and only vinyl recording released on the Tico label in 1975, entitled Reincarnation.
The song “La Mafia” has a sound that is reminiscent of Willie Colon’s legendary style of arrangement and even the lead vocals sound a bit like early Hector LaVoe. But despite the musical similarities they share with Willie and Hector, the band does show a unique sound of their own on several of the project’s other tracks.
For collectors of “salsa classica” this is a very hard to find vinyl gem that is a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it. Rumor has it that the band is back in the studio working on a recording that is due out in spring of 2012.


Orquesta Narvaez Discography Tracks


Orquesta Narvaez Reincarnation (Album) Tico Records US 1975 Sell This Version
DCM-S - 34022 Orquesta Narvaez Reincarnation(LP, Album) DISCOMODA DCM-S - 34022 Colombia 1976 Sell This Version
none Orquesta Narvaez 65 Infanteria(CD, Album) Grymes Hill Records none US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

T-645 Orquesta Narvaez Reincarnation / Sabiduria(7", Single) Tico Records T-645 US 1975 Sell This Version