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Rice & Beans Orchestra: Cross Over [Expanded Edition]

Album Notes

Rice & Beans Orchestra: Helen Miles, Viviane Cherry, Yoland McCullough (vocals); Carlos "Kiko" Melendez (guitar); The Irving Spice String Section (strings); Lewis Del Gatto (flute, tenor saxophone); George Marge (flute); Patric Larusso, Daniel Cahn (trumpet); Santo Russo (trombone); Hector Garrido (piano); Amauri Lopez (keyboards); Winston Torres, Jr. (bass); Raul Paonesa (drums); Phillip Kraus (percussion); Eduardo "Sabu" Rosado (congas, bongos).

Recorded at Ochoa Recording Studios, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This Hot Productions' reissue is a little more mainstream than their debut, which Hot Productions has also reissued. Vocalists Hilda Harris, Vivian Cherry, Yolanda McCullough, and Helene Miles are pleasing throughout this even set. Producer Pepe Luis Soto ditched his production partner Tato Rossi for this effort, and wrote all the songs. "Love Is On My Mind," one of the most interesting songs, includes unique vocals and rhythms that balloon it high above the rest of these tracks. ~ Andrew Hamilton



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