La Sonora Ponceña is the most important salsa band to ever emerge from Puerto Rico. Their style of music is closer to traditional Cuban son than most salsa bands and their jazzy improvisations have kept them vital throughout their 55-year (and counting) history.
Sonora Ponceña evolved out of a group started by Enrique “Quique” Lucca Caraballo in 1944, the Conjunto Internacional; they played traditional music with guitar and percussion. Lucca loved the music of the Sonora Matancera, the great Cuban band founded by Valentin Cané in the early 30s and famous for introducing the world to Celia Cruz. When Lucca decided to use Matancera’s template – four trumpets, piano and even more... Read More