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The recorded legacy of Carlos “Caribe” Ruiz was captured in great detail on the compilation Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua de Chicago. What is impossible to capture is the live show. It can only be experienced live, in person. For the last few decades, since his tragic and premature passing in 1987, the orquestas Caribe sponsored, managed, and led, have remained dormant. Their members spread to the four winds (meaning, in this case, the suburbs of Chicago, for the most part) and joined or formed other orquestas and small ensembles.
This is far from the first time that former members of Ebirac orquestas gave played salsa together, but this may be the first time they are assembling to revisit some of their old repertoire. Tonight, as part of the 7th Annual Printer’s Ball at Columbia College, the Ebirac magic returns to Chicago. Featuring Tony Morales (ex-Tipica Leal) on trombone, Arturo Vasquez (ex-Union) on second trombone, Jimmy Hernandez (ex-Justicia) on keys, Willie Gomez (ex-Tipica Leal) on vocals, and David Arroyo (ex-Tipica Leal) on congas.
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