Formed in the early '60s when pianist/arranger Rafael Ithier led a group of musicians to break away from Rafael Cortijo’s band, Puerto Rico’s El Gran Combo is one of the island’s longest-running and most celebrated salsa ensembles. Reverently known as La Universidad de la Salsa (the University of Salsa), the frequently shifting orchestra, consistently led by Ithier, has recorded dozens of albums and tours extensively around the globe. ~ Eric Schneider, Rovi