Seis del Solar & Son del Solar

OSCAR MIKE VINAS    


HERNANDEZ





RUBEN BLADES

LOUIS RIVERA       



EDDIE
MONTALVO




RALPH IRIZARRY



RICARDO MARRERO








     ROBBY AMEEN

cover photo: Ricardo Betancourt

Formed in 1983 to accompany Rubén Blades with a new sound and fresh spirit, Seis del Solar/Son del Solar combined the harmonies and electric keyboards of jazz fusion with the Latin percussion in a tight sextet (plus.) The combined force of Blades' songs and the new sound brought this music to new audiences and to a more widespread recognition, including Blades' first two Grammy awards, for Escenas and Antecedente.

"We're reinventing or stretching the boundaries of Afro-Cuban music to include what essentially everyone is a part of,
which is a New York based urban sound that includes jazz, funk and rock," - Robby Ameen 1992

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WITH RUBEN BLADES

busc
Buscando America
Seis del Solar
1984

Cover photo: Ricardo Betancourt
SONGS

Decisiones
GDBD
Desapariciones
Todos Vuelven
Caminos Verdes
El Padre Antonio y el Monaguillo Andres
Buscando América

MUSICIANS

Rubén Blades - voice, acoustic guitar, maracas
Mike Viñas - bass, electric guitar
Oscar Hernández - piano, fender Rhodes
Eddie Montalvo - tumbadoras, percussion
Louie Rivera - bongos, percussion
Ralph Irizarry - timbales, percussion
Ricardo Marrero - vibraphone, synthesizer, percussion
Ray Adams - batería
esc
Escenas
Seis del Solar
1985

Cover photo: Ricardo Betancourt
Cuentas del Alma
Tierra Dura (Etiopia)
La Canción del Final del Mundo
Sorpresas
Caína
Silencios
Muévete
Rubén Blades - voice, maracas
Oscar Hernández - piano, synthesizer solo
Ricardo Marrero - piano, synthesizer, percussion
Eddie Montalvo - tumbadoras
Ralph Irizarry - timbales, percussion
Louis Rivera - batería
Robert Ameen - batería
Mike Viñas - bass
Joe Jackson - synthesizer (La Cancion del Final del Mundo)
Linda Ronstadt - voice (Silencios)
 (synthesizer programmer Cliff Carter, Dean Bailen)
agua
Agua de Luna
Seis del Solar
1987

Cover photo: Ricardo Betancourt
Isabel
NoTe Duermas
Blackamán
Ojos de Perro Azul
Claro Oscuro
Laura Farina
La Cita
Agua de Luna
Rubén Blades - voice, maracas
Ricardo Marrero - synthesizer
Oscar Hernández - piano, synthesizer
Mike Viñas - bass
Edgardo Rivera - bongos, campana
Robert Ameen - batería
Ralph Irizarry - timbales
Robert Allende - congas
Roberto "Tito" Allen - coro
Cyro Batista - percusión Brasileña
ante
Antecedente
Son del Solar
1988
Juana Mayo
Noches de Ayer
Tas Caliente
Nuestro Adios
La Marea
Nacer de Ti
Contrabando
Patria
Rubén Blades - voice, maracas
Bobby Allende - tumbadoras, quinto
Oscar Hernández - piano, synthesizer
Ralph Irizarry - timbales, percussion
Mike Viñas - bass, synthesizer
"Papo" Vásquez - trombón de vara
Reinaldo Jorge -
trombón de vara
Marc Quiñones - bongos, campana, guiro tumbadora
Tito Allen - coros
Néstor Sanchez - coros
live
...Live!
Son del Solar
1990
Decisiones
Cuentas del Alma
El Padre Antonio y el Monaguillo Andres
Pedro Navaja
Claro Oscuro (lp & cassette)
Todos Vuelven
La Canción del Final del Mundo
Ojos de Perro Azul
Buscando América
Patria (lp & cassette)
Muévete
Rubén Blades - voice, maracas
Oscar Hernández - piano
Mike Viñas - bass
Ralph Irizarry - timbales
Edwin "Eddy" Montalvo - congas
Arturo Ortiz - synthesizers
Robert Ameen - drums
Roger Páiz - bongos
Marc Quiñones - congas
Angel "Papo" Vásquez, Reinaldo Jorge, Leopoldo Pineda - trombones
cam
Caminando
Son del Solar
1991
Caminando
Camaleon
Mientras Duerme la Ciudad
Ella Se Esconde
Tengan Fe
Obalue
Prohibido Olvidar
Cipriano Armenteros
El
Raiz de Sueños
Rubén Blades - voice, percussion
Oscar Hernández - piano, synthesizer
Mike Viñas - bass
Ralph Irizarry - timbales
Eddie Montalvo - congas
Robbie Ameen - drums
Ray Colón - bongos
Arturo Ortiz - synthesizer, programming
Reinaldo Jorge - trombone
Angel Vásquz - trombone
Tito Allen - coro
Porfirio Fernández - tambora, guira
amor
Amor y Control
Son del Solar
1992

Cover photo: Ricardo Betancourt
El Apagón
West Indian Man
Adán García
Naturaleza Muerta
El Cilindro
Piensa en Mí
Amor y Control
Canto a la Madre
Canto a la Muerte
Baby's In Black
Creo en Tí
Conmemorando
Rubén Blades - voice, acoustic guitar
Oscar Hernández - piano
Mike Viñas - bass
Ralph Irizarry - timbales
Eddie Montalvo - congas
Robbie Ameen - drums
Arturo Ortíz - synthesizers
George González - bongos, maracas
Reinaldo Jorge - trombones
Porfirio Fernández - tambora, guira, tumbadora
Sammy Figueroa - percussion
Papo Gely - cuatro
Tito Allen, Néstor Sánchez - coros
THE BAND'S SOLO ALBUMS


dec
Decision
Seis del Solar
1992

Cover photo: Ricardo Betancourt

Sentimiento de canción
Island Walk
Una Sola Casa
Un Nuevo Día
Decision
Sea Dance
Mirage
Entrégate
Heart Dues
Newtown
Oscar Hernández - piano
Arturo Ortíz - synthesizer, voice
Michael Viñas - bass, vocals
Robbie Ameen - drums
Ralph Irizarry - timbales, percussion, rap (Entrégate)
Sammy Figueroa - congas, percussion, batá drums, vocals
Milton Cardona - batá drums, vocals
Tito Allen - vocals
alter
Alternate Roots
Seis del Solar
1995
New Beginning
Last of the Mo-Ricans
Cha-cha For Six
Rumba Urbana
Winter Memory
Siempre
Spring Fling
Jazz Sabor
Sara Yé
Africa In You
Oscar Hernández - piano, synthesizers
Bobby Franceschini - saxophones, vocals
John Benitez - bass, vocals
Robby Ameen - drums, guiro
Ralph Irizarry - timbales
Paoli Mejias - congas, shekere

YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Decisiones
buscando america
muevete
todos vuelven
Decisiones video
c. 1984 TV
Buscando America video
1985 SOB's, NYC
Muevete video with Jerry Garcia
1989 Los Angeles, CA
Todos Vuelven video
1991 New Orleans Jazz Festival

PHOTOS
Courtesy of Eddie Montalvo:
Jorge, Arturo, Eddie, Ralph, Rubén, Ricardo, Mike, and Oscar at the Billboard Awards 2009
billboard
YouTube video "Todos Vuelven"

todos vuelven!
YouTube video
the original seis
Louis, Ricardo, Ralph, Oscar, Mike, Eddie 2009
son
Mike, Ricardo, Arturo, Juan Toro, Ralph, Eddie, Louis, Robby, Oscar 2009
thanks so much, Eddie!
other sources:
Then:
seis photo
Seis del Solar 1983    courtesy oscarhernandezmusic.com

Front: Oscar Hernandez, Ricardo Marrero, Louis Rivera,
Eddie Montalvo

Rear: Ralph Irizarry, Rubén Blades, Mike Viñas

Live cd
...Live! 1990


SDRB photo
As seen on SDRB: Seis del Solar July 16, 1984
son photo
Son del Solar 1991                    photos courtesy rubenblades.com


These photos courtesy of Mike Viñas
2007 reunionSon de Solar & Viñas family

Son del Solar Reunion
March 25, 2007

~It was my children's idea and request to have Son del Solar reunite and play for their Birthday Affair. To their credit, all the original musicians, having seen my children grow up and considered as "uncles/tíos", unanimously said, "Presente".~ Mike

Front: Robby Ameen, Jorge Gonzalez
Middle: Reynaldo Jorge, Arturo Ortiz, Eddie Montalvo, Mike Viñas, Papo Vásquez, Marco Bermudez
Rear: Ralph Irizarry, Oscar Hernandez
Bottom, squatting .... Jorge Gonzalez
Next row above: Mike's wife, Milka; his daughter, Alyssa; Robby Ameen; Mike's son Michael Rei.
above Robby: Eddie Montalvo, Mike Viñas, Papo Vasquez, Marco Bermudez and Edwin Torres behind Papo
Above Milka: Reynaldo Jorge, Arturo Ortiz
Behind Mike: Ralph Irizarry, Oscar Hernandez

Arturo
Mike
Eddy
Arturo
Mike
Eddie
Ralph etc
Ralph and Jorge
with Rei and Robby in the back

From Mike's archives:
1983
Seis del Solar on TV in Mexico, c. 1983

Many thanks, Mike!

Links
Oscar Hernández - Interviews at jazzconclave.com and descarga.com
Robby Ameen - Robby's MySpace - Interview at drummerworld.com
Interview with Ralph Irizarry at timba.com
Interview with Eddie Montalvo at congahead.com - Eddie's MySpace - Latin Beat Mr. Marcha
Bobby Allende, Arturo Ortíz, Marc Quiñones in 8 y mas - their MySpace
Angel "Papo" Vásquez - Papo's Myspace
new El Arte de Ricardo Betancourt
Rubén Blades Official Site
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