Salsa Magazine’s Pick To Dominate the 58th Grammy Nominations – “Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson” by Luis Chaluisan

Salsa Magazine’s Pick To Dominate the 58th Grammy Nominations – “Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson” Finally the crossover album we’ve been waiting for since 1979.
The year following the upcoming 57th Grammy Nominations promises to be interesting particularly in the Latin Music field. The eligibility period for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards is October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. And we predict that The First Ever Latin Album Salute To The King of Pop Michael Jackson From Producer/Multi-instrumentalist/ArrangerTony Succar (To Be Released April 14,2015 On Universal Music Classics In Partnership With Universal Music Latin Entertainment) is simply going to blow the competition away. The production is not an overnight project. Succar and his compatriots have been working on the project for more than two years (we got a taste in 2012 when he first released on Nov 25, 2012 “I Want You Back” ft. Tito Nieves.)
Tony Succar has poured his prodigious talents into the project as have more than 100 Musicians Including Latin Superstars Nieves, Jon Secada & Obie Bermudez Among Notable Others (Video For First Single “Smooth Criminal” Premiered on Vevo January 13
Fueled by his relentless commitment, quiet determination and passionate faith in the loving message behind much of Michael Jackson’s music, producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar has thoughtfully created Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson. The result is Jackson’s timeless pop and R&B tunes, such as “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and “I Want You Back” married with glorious salsa and tropical rhythms, resulting in innovative, vibrant arrangements that snap to life with exhilarating energy. Unity will be released April 14 on Universal Music Classics in collaboration with Universal Music Latin Entertainment. Click to watch:
The groundbreaking album embodies Jackson’s spirit of harmony and bringing diverse cultures together through music. “The one thing that stood out in Michael’s music was love. The reality was unity,” Succar says. He continues, “I also wanted the title to stand for something: a real marriage between Latin roots and American pop culture, and to help keep Michael’s legacy alive.”
The birth of Unity came when Succar arranged a salsa-infused version of “Thriller” for a Halloween party in Miami. The reaction was so immediate and overwhelmingly positive that he recorded a version in his bedroom with his band, posted it online and gave away copies. DJs started playing the track and Succar began getting requests from around the world for a full album of Latin-flavored Jackson songs. “That sparked it,” Succar says. “I was such a fan. I felt like I had to do something.”
Part of keeping Jackson’s legacy alive meant incorporating elements of the original production in each of his fresh renditions for Unity. “Even the horn lines, I would transcribe them from Quincy Jones’ productions and then apply them to the arrangement in a different way,” Succar says. “The essence of every song was respected. I gave it my best to create this very thin line between what Michael did with his production and what I brought to the project.”
With Succar taking producer and arranger credits, Unity also features two tracks – “Earth Song” and “Smooth Criminal” — mixed by Michael Jackson’s legendary engineer Bruce Swedien with Nick Valentin. Grammy winner Carlos Alvarez engineered the rest of the album achieving a sonically crisp sound.
“American funk, soul, jazz—all those styles that were influencing Michael— were inspired from African music,” Succar says. “Same with Afro-Peruvian music, Cuban music. These songs were meant to be. Their original flavor lends itself to these Latin rhythms.”
01: I Want You Back (featuring Tito Nieves)
02: Billie Jean (featuring Jean Rodriguez)
03: Man in the Mirror (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
04: Sera Que No Me Amas (featuring Michael Stuart)
05: Earth Song (featuring India)
06: Human Nature (featuring Jon Secada)
07: Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (featuring Obie Bermudez & Jennifer Pena)
08: Black or White (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
09: Smooth Criminal (featuring Jean Rodriguez)
10: They Don’t Care About Us (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
11: Thriller (featuring Kevin Ceballo)
12: You Are Not Alone (featuring Tito Nieves and Tito Nieves Jr.)
Produced and Arranged by Tony Succar
Mixed by: Carlos Alvarez, Bruce Swedien* & Nick Valentin* *track 5 and 9

El Extreme Luis Chaluisan L.f. Chaluisan Batlle WEPAwebTV – New Edge Theater, WEPAwebTV Roughrican Productions Rocker Roller 2014 Recognition Awards Federico Chaluisan Maria Hernandez


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