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"This is the music the people want to hear!"

   -Vicente from Casa Latina

"This is a nice little project. David, Luisito, and Igor all deserve greater recognition. They play some terrific dance classics...very tasty."

   -Bruce Polin, Editor of Descarga.com

"Vintage lovers will crave what DLI is dishing up on their new release Direct Latin Influence...in a style true to its Afro-Cuban roots.

   -Vicki Sola-Latin Beat Magazine

DLI made my mom's birthday a swinging time. Everyone loved the music as we danced the day away.

   -Mario Sesso, a happy DLI customer

We loved your performance. Thank you for bringing world-class music to or tiny town.

   -Amanda Porter, Hightstown, NJ

The seniors wouldn't leave! They danced all night! They talked about the show for weeks afterward, and keep asking when you are coming back.

   -Rachel Sherrow, Director of Good Companions Senior Citizens Center

"DLI is the best Latin band in New York!"

   -Giovanni-Maitre d' at the Rainbow Room

We had a fabulous evening and danced up a storm. I want to thank you for making it so special. It was a 10!

   -Edgar Cullman, host of his wife's birthday party

"This is brewing, churning old-school salsa- guaracha-charanga style, boiled down to its essence...a pure delight, and highly recommended."

   -Bruce Polin, Descarga.com, reviewing DLI II

[re: DLI II] It's killin'!!!! This is salsa the way it's supposed to be. Swingin' hard and directly to the point!!! Congrats on a super project!

   -Ray Vega, trumpet solo artist

[DLI II] continues mapping out the group's inner city flavor and devotion to the rhythms of the Caribbean. Joyous, powerful and above all, dance-friendly...a special recording."

   -Rudy Mangual, Latin Beat Magazine

(reviewing DLI II) "La inteligente escogencia de los temas, ya nos puede dar la primera garantia para que sea una muy buena produccion de Direct Latin Influence...que nos pone a gozar senores! Altamente recomendado."

   -Lucho Bilongo www.laconga.org

(Re: DLI II) Direct Latin Influence's conjunto is rugged and hard-driving, and the trombone and bass trumpet solos have a cutting edge that makes the rhythm section push even harder. Their charanga gets that suave Cuban groove that the dancers love. The combination of flute with trombone produces a unique charanga flavor, and the arrangements give all the players a chance to shine. It sounds like they enjoyed making this CD! Direct Latin Influence swings, and there is something for everyone, young and old. Check them out!"

   -Marty Sheller, noted composer/arranger

"DLI performed at our yacht club last weekend, and everyone can't stop talking about them! They absolutely made the party!!! I highly recommend them, simply the best. I couldn't have asked for better entertainment!" - Risa Rizzo, Event Planner Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club Lake Hopatcong, NJ

   -Risa Rizzo, Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club

I enjoyed the band very much. The combination of the old and the new music that you played was fabulous. In addition, the chemistry amongst the musicians was good, and it manifested in the form of having a good time.

   -Victor Antonio Gonzalez, President of the Wise Towers Tenant Association

I haven't enjoyed myself so much in a long time. The music was great! My legs hurt so much the day after, but it was all worth it. The best band around since the '70s.

   -Angel Rivera, party guest

Everyone loved your music. It really took us back. The combination of the old and the new was great. Everyone danced, the seniors wouldn't sit down, and the young really enjoyed your performance. Music as it should be! I can't wait until next year!

   -Nancy Ortiz, President of the Vladeck Tenant Association and party hostess

Great job guys. Loved the upgrading and re-make of some of the old but great songs. Looking forward to more.

   -Raul Bello, DLI II CD purchaser

[DLI II] is absolutely fabulous with a killer version of "La-la-la".

   -Farid Debih, DJ in Belgium

I really enjoyed the "old school" sound. The arrangements are very original, and the band plays on a tight rope! I look forward to the next release.

   -Tony Vargas, DJ "El Sabor de Salsa"

DLI was the perfect evening entertainment at our annual Senior Management & Investments Conference. These talented musicians are second to none, and their performance continues to receive praise from our executives. They are one of the most talented musical groups I have ever worked with, and, by far, the best Latin band in the NY metro area.

   -Liz King, Corporate Events Planner, iStar Financial

"Everyone is still talking about how much fun they had at the wedding, particularly the cocktail reception and all the dancing! It was wonderful having you be a part of it. We look forward to seeing you at future gigs in NYC, so please keep us on your e-mail list for dates!" - Emily and Orlay, a happy bride & groom who had DLI perform at their wedding in Colorado.

   -Emily and Orlay Alonso

"You guys rock!!!"

   -Michaella Avila, dance instructor and promoter at Vintage Restaurant, White Plains, NY

"Last night's show was fabulous!!You guys were very knowledgeable, entertaining, and knew how to draw in the audience with your humor and great rhythms. Thank you so much!" (DLI performed as part of the Hispanic Heritage celebration at CCCNJ)

   -Diana Allende-Appel, Senior Admin. Asst. Cumberland County College, Vineland, NJ

Dear David, Nicholas and I would like to sincerely thank you and your band members for making our wedding reception a wonderfully magical evening that all will remember. Firstly, David, the band leader, offered to meet with us in person to discuss our wedding. During our meeting David offered to be our Emcee, which turned out to be wonderful. He kept the entire evening flowing according to our plans and at no time did I have to worry about when, where, how etc. etc. That is invaluable to any event and host. Their openness and ease with change and adjustment was without pause. We planned an elegant, formal wedding and reception, however wanted to make sure it was absolutely fun, free and in no way stiff. As we were not having the traditional wedding nor the traditional wedding music, we instead concentrated on treating 34 of our closest family members and friends to a royal day not to be forgotten - David helped us to carry forth with our plan to have amazing food, music, wine, dancing and atmosphere. Since we were hosting our reception at a 5 star restaurant, we had to be conscientious of the restaurant and their staff while also having an incredible time. I was especially impressed with how the band flowed with the energy of the night and made each moment complete - from intimate and elegant to fun and exciting. Our group of friends range as such, and each and every one of them comment on how wonderful the band was and how much fun each of them had not only with friends but also with their significant other. I/we highly recommend Direct Latin Influence for any event. Best regards, Ashley and Nicholas

   -Bride Ashley Acree