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Salsa Big Band is a studio album by Panamanian singer Rubén Blades and Roberto Delgado & Orquesta, released on 29 April 2017 by Rubén Blades Productions. After the release of Son de Panamá in 2015, also recorded with Delgado & Orquesta, Blades decided to record another album with them, on which Blades included eleven songs. He had previously recorded nine of the songs, and two were covers of songs written by Luis Demetrio and René Touzet. Delgado was the producer for the album. Blades' principal inspiration for the album was his admiration for the work of Puerto Rican performers such as Tito Puente, Tito Rodríguez and Willie Rosario, and the Big band sound of the 1950s. Salsa Big Band received favorable reviews from music critics, with critics praising Blades' vision and willingness "to try new sounds"; one said that Blades was "still at the top of the salsa world". At the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, the album won for Album of the Year and Best Salsa Album; and at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards the record won for Best Tropical Latin Album.