Personnel: Dan Zanes (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric
guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, tenor banjo, cavaquinho,
autoharp, mandolin); Jesse Myers, Patricia Herrera (vocals, rap
vocals); Joaqu¡n Mar¡a DelRosario, Bernardo Palombo (vocals,
guitar); Dos Santos, S"nia Maria (vocals, acoustic guitar); Rob
Friedman (vocals, lap steel guitar, electric piano, Farfisa, pump
organ, tambourine); Beto Villa Lobos, Ernesto Villa Lobos (vocals,
jarana); Elena Moon Park (vocals, violin, trumpet); Luis Villa
Lobos (vocals, violin); Isidro Chavez (vocals, alto saxophone);
Saskia Sunshine Lane (vocals, upright bass); Mart¡n Vejarano
(vocals, drums); Daphne Rubin-Vega, Sonia Videgaray, Johnny Ali
Garc¡a Fleming, Mar¡a Lazarini, Jennifer Fleming, Lila Downs,
Silvia Sierra (vocals); JoMack Miranda (rap vocals); Quique Sinesi
(guitar, charango); Demi n Palombo, Jose Charrillo V.
(guitar); Marc Ribot (electric guitar); Quique D. (cuatro);
Sebastian Cruz (tamboura, bass drum); Tashawn Reagon, Anna Zanes
(flute); John Foti (accordion, saxophone); Paul Cohen (clarinet);
George Rush (tuba); Colin Brooks (drums, guiro, maracas,
percussion); Guillermo Cardenas (bongos, maracas, percussion);
Nilko Andreas (shaker).
Audio Mixers: Dan Zanes; Rob Friedman.
Recording information: Festival Five Studio; Little Life Studio;
World Sound Tracks, El Taller, Latino Americano.
Authors: Dan Zanes; Bernardo Palombo.
Photographers: J. Maya Luz Pliego; Gala Narezo; Anastasia
Arrangers: Dan Zanes; Lila Downs.
Former Del Fuego Dan Zanes has been anything but dormant since the
rootsy college rock collective called it quits in 1990. Six years
after his 1995 solo debut, Cool Down Time, Zanes discovered a way
to merge his two favorite things (fatherhood and music) into a
sustainable career with a series of folk albums for kids that has
proven to be just as enjoyable for their larger counterparts. After
snagging a Grammy Award in 2007 for the singalong album Catch That
Train, Zanes, ever the cultural sponge, gathered his musician
friends from New York's Latino community and began work on a
collection of songs from the Spanish-speaking Americas. The
resulting Nueva York!, referred to frequently in print by Zanes as
his "pro-immigration CD," features 17 high quality songs, mostly
traditional, that touch on many Latin folk styles like cumbia,
merengue, son, and bachata. Zanes brought in some serious muscle
this time around, including Marc Ribot, Panamanian actress/singer
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Latin jazz singer Lila Downs, Mexican rockers
the Villa-Lobos Brothers, and Afro-Colombian roots ensemble La
Cumbiamba Eney', and he allows the spotlight to fall on them more
times than not, resulting in a fun, all-inclusive listening
experience that's a lot like sitting on a hot set of apartment
steps during a summer block party. ~ James Christopher Monger