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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic grooves
Another reviewer pointed out that this doesn't sound like Buena VistaSocial Club - that's true, but to dismiss as not being latin on thosegrounds seems a bit unfair. After all, Latin America is a huge continentthat is home to lots of different musical styles... That said, the bulk ofthe material here seems to stem from Brazil. Several of the tracks go in alaid-back...
Published on 21 April 2004 by Is

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite 100% Latin jazz
This was a little disappointing. There are a handful of very good songs, but I would question whether some of the music is really Latin. It seems that "Latin Jazz" is a very broad category. There is some quite ordinary jazz and pop (with extremely subtle hints of Latin). Good if you like variety, but not if you're expecting 100% Latin Jazz.
Published on 7 May 2001


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic grooves, 21 April 2004
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Another reviewer pointed out that this doesn't sound like Buena VistaSocial Club - that's true, but to dismiss as not being latin on thosegrounds seems a bit unfair. After all, Latin America is a huge continentthat is home to lots of different musical styles... That said, the bulk ofthe material here seems to stem from Brazil. Several of the tracks go in alaid-back bossanova vein - you get music by Jobim, Stan Getz, AstrudGilberto... It's got less of the exuberance of Caribean music and moreurban jazziness with a nice 60's feel to it. Then there are a string ofmore upbeat, dancey tracks as well: salsa, samba, merengue... and a sultryappearance from guitar guru Santana. It's a real dolly-mixture of musicand only skims the surface of Latin American music, but if you can'tinvest in a lot of different CDs, I'd say this album is a good way tosample some classic grooves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful!, 29 Mar 2004
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If you're new to Latin Jazz this is an excellent introduction to one of the most sensual and vibrant music genres. To those reviewers who don't agree that this is a fair example of the music: the Latin world is vast, its history and people are diverse and its music reflects this. The Buena Vista Social Club are just one small example of the energy that is the Latin world.
This is a great compilation to have in your collection, one you'll never get tired of!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite 100% Latin jazz, 7 May 2001
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This was a little disappointing. There are a handful of very good songs, but I would question whether some of the music is really Latin. It seems that "Latin Jazz" is a very broad category. There is some quite ordinary jazz and pop (with extremely subtle hints of Latin). Good if you like variety, but not if you're expecting 100% Latin Jazz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Latin jazz feel..., 11 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Very Best of Latin Jazz (Audio CD)
This set has a total running time of 140 minutes and includes a very wide range of performers including Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría (April 7, 1917 in Havana, Cuba,February 1, 2003) the Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist. He was most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue," recorded by John Coltrane among others and is the opener for CD1. Jack Costanzo (born September 24, 1922, Chicago, Illinois) is an American percussionist. He is best known as a bongo player, and was nicknamed "Mr. Bongo". He visited Havana in the 1940s and learned to play Afro-Cuban rhythms on the bongos and congas. He toured with Stan Kenton from 1947-48 and occasionally in the 1950s, and played with Nat King Cole from 1949 to 1953. Kenny Dorham performs "Afrodisia" which comes from his 1955 album Afro-Cuban (Blue Note). "Mambo De La Pinta" appears on the Art Pepper album The Return of Art Pepper. Louis "Sabu" Martinez (July 14, 1930--January 13, 1979) was a conguero and percussionist who performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, Kenny Clarke, Francy Boland, Art Blakey. Martinez also recorded several Latin jazz albums, now recognized as classics of the genre. Asabache appears on the 1957 album entitled "Palo Congo". "Cerveza" dates from 1958 and was the title of an album recorded for RCA by Boots Brown and his Blockbusters. Callen Radcliffe Tjader, Jr. a.k.a. Cal Tjader (July 16, 1925-May 5, 1982) was a Latin jazz musician, though he also explored various other jazz idioms. Unlike other American jazz musicians who experimented with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, he never abandoned it, performing it until his death. Finger Poppin' was the first album Horace Silver recorded with the most celebrated version of ... "Swingin' the Samba".

James Moody and his Modernists performed "Tin Tin Deo" on his 1948 album for Blue Note. Also from 1948 and for Blue Note is Tadd Dameron's "Jahbero". Machito (December 3, 1909 - April 15, 1984), born as Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo in Havana, Cuba, was an influential Latin jazz musician.His sister was the singer Graciela. Machito played a huge role in the history of Latin jazz. His bands of the 1940s, especially the band named the Afro-Cubans, were among the first to fuse Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz improvisation. Machito's music greatly inspired such North American jazz giants as Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Kenton.

Tito Puente and his orchestra perform "Baile Mi Mambo" from the album "Mambo, Mambo". Tito Puente was active from 1958 to 2000. Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill (October 28, 1921, in Havana - June 27, 2001, in New York City, New York USA) was a composer-arranger best known for his work in the Latin idiom, although he also composed straight-ahead jazz pieces and even symphonic works. CD2 opens with that well known Perez Prado number "Patricia" dating from 1958 and which became the last record to ascend to number 1 on the Jockeys and Top 100 charts, both of which gave way the following week to the then newly introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Celia Cruz (born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso on October 21, 1925 - July 16, 2003) was a Havana, Cuba born salsa singer, and was one of the most successful Salsa performers of the 20th century, with twenty-three gold albums to her name. She was renowned internationally as the "Queen of Salsa" as well as "La Guarachera de Cuba". Here she performs "Cao Cao Mani Picao". These are just some of the artists appearing on this new compilation that is sure to please fans of the Latin beat. Transfers sound very good and the range of performers excellent. The liner notes are by Michael Heatley. Another great addition to the jazz releases from Not Now Music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to this type of music !, 30 Jan 2000
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This is a good one - picked it up as a taster to this type of music. Havent stopped playing it since ! If you want music to make you feel good and dance around the kitchen while cooking something nice, this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD covers the whole spectrum of Latino music!, 10 April 2000
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You won't believe how good this double-CD is.
Every one of the tunes are excellent. It covers all of the classic Latin songs. You should definately get this one if you love good quality music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd, 26 Jun 2014
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Full of energy and rhythm, this is sure to get your feet tapping. A must for latin jazz lovers everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars music, 12 Oct 2013
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very good recordings, lots of the old songs tend to get forgotten .great music thanks .very much.i will be back
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1.0 out of 5 stars brilliant album. shocking mp3 download from amazon., 18 Mar 2012
I no longer purchase CDs, but instead rely on purchased digital downloads. I must commend Amazon for their speedy response and resolution, but it was really disappointing to have a music download with both corrupted songs and incorrectly titles ones too.

Perhaps the issue doesn't exist for the CD version, which is reflected in the positive ratings.

An excellent album though. Brilliant brilliant music to listen to.

But in terms of the digital download, I'd look elsewhere. Amazon should be pulling the digital version soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars replacement gift..., 14 April 2011
I actually bought this for a friends birthday. She had lost her original and much loved copy and advised that it still sounded every bit as good as it had when she last listened to it, a few years ago
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