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Conrad Herwig: Sketches of Salsa

Conrad Herwig

Everybody’s doing an Afro-Caribbean record now because it’s in vogue,” said Conrad Herwig, 47, discussing his new album, Sketches of Spain Y Mas: The Latin Side of Miles Davis. “But we’ve earned our salsa badge. Brian Lynch and I have performed thousands of salsa gigs over 20 years with Eddie Palmieri. I take it very seriously.”

In fact, Herwig first began playing Latin music while a student at the University of North Texas. For a trombonist, it was where the work was. “The Afro-Caribbean genre is very rich with brass playing, especially trombone. When I was in Texas I played cumbia and Tejano music and when I moved to New York I started playing a lot of salsa and was a sort of protégé of Victor Paz.”

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