The Spanish influence on the music of the Caribbean is reflected in the sound of Puerto Rican vocalist Andy MontaÃ±ez. Singing in a plaintive, high nasal tone, MontaÃ±ez continues to expand on the musical traditions that originated among Hispanic farmers in the hills of Puerto Rico. Initially attracting attention as lead singer of El Gran Combo in 1961, MontaÃ±ez remained with the group for 15 years. Accepting an invitation to become co-leader of a Venezuela-based band, Dimensi'n Latina, in 1977, he left after three years to pursue a solo career. His band retains the instrumental lineup of El Gran Combo: two trumpets, two saxophones, bass, piano, and Latin percussion including conga, bongos, timbales, cowbell, and maracas. His latest release, Salsa con ReggaetÃ³n arrived in 2006. ~ Craig HarrisPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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