Manny Oquendo; Jorge Maldonado (vocals); Octavio Kotan (guitar); Angel "Papo" Vazquez, Norman Hogue, Leonard Pollara, Jimmy Bosch (trombone) Willie Rodriguez (piano) Andy Gonzalez (bass) George Delgado (congas).
Additional personnel: Xiomara Lougart (vocals) El Cacique (rap vocals) Alex Norris (trumpet) Joe Locke (synthesizer, vibraphone). Producers: Manny Oquendo, Andy Gonzalez, Todd Barkan. Recorded at Unique Studios, New York, New York in April 2000.
Manny Oquendo and Libre are much more than just a Latin band. Over the years (27) they have become one of New York`s treasures and a cultural institution! Consider the amount of talent that has sprung from "la escuela" (the school)of Manny Oquendo and Libre: Jerry Gonzalez, Andy Gonzalez, Dave Valentin, Papo Vasquez, Steve Turre, Jimmy Bosch and Herman Olivera to name a few. The bands most recent release is entitled, "Los New Yorkinos!" This is typical Libre, swinging from start to finish. Some of the songs have been around for a number of years and just needed a little overdubbing, remixing and a finsishing touch. As usual, Libre serves up a potopourri of rhythms for the dancer`s: Salsa, Latin Jazz, Mambo, Guaracha, Rumba, Guajira and even a sensuous bolero for good measure. Featured on vocals are Cuban sensation, Xiomara Lougart, Jorge Maldonado and rapper, Cacique who all do an admirable job.