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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B003XLMYXO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

'The Very Best Of Latin Jazz' captures the exoticism of this sound across two digitally remastered CDs. We have selected the finest tracks, many of which have brought the style to wider audiences. We have contributions from a host of star players such as Celia Cruz, The Horace Silver Quintet, Art Pepper and Noro Morales And His Orchestra.

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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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By A Customer on 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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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2015
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The Very Best of Latin Jazz, 54 Sizzling Hot Tracks on 3CDs, NOT3CD217

An eclectic selection of Latin Jazz from across the years. Liner notes by Glenn Matthews. Includes pics of Herby Hancock; Qunicy Jones; Stan Getz; Perez Prado; Celia Cruz & Jack Costanzo etc.

Many personal favourites here..."Love For Sale" from Sergio Mendes dating back to 1960 and a classic track; "One Note Samba" from Herbie Mann (1962); "Desifinado" from Joan Gilberto (1962) & from Stan Getz &Charlie Byrd (1962). Should make for pleasant listening...excellent transfers and brilliant value too.

CD1 covers 1948-1962 running time 66.25
CD2 covers 1952-1962 running time 61.17
CD3 covers 1954-1962 running time 68.49
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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2010
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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".Read more ›
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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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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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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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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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