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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Latin jazz feel..., 11 Aug. 2010
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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