This group was formed in 1939 by Orestes Aragon Cantero and became well-known as a premier charanga band.
This group was formed in 1939 by Orestes Aragon Cantero and became well-known as a premier charanga band. Since then, the group has, naturally, undergone many personnel changes, but its sound remains a definitive Cuban dance-band vibe. Today, the repertoire is seemingly limitless and thoroughly in the service of the group's purpose, which is to lure its audience onto the dancefloor. Orchesta Aragon works a delightfully romantic danzon number—"Un real de Hielo"—with the same deftness it brings to the cha-onda tune "A bailar me cha onda" and the guaracha "Ahora si sabroseao." The violin section, led by Rafael Lay Jr., flutist Eduardo Rubio, and vocalists Ernesto Bacallao and Juan Carlos Villegas provide a continuous stream of musical highlights, but it's the ensemble's cohesiveness and the fine arrangements that underwrite the excellence of En Route. Distributed in the U.S. Harmonia Mundi—PVV