Latin Jazz: la Commbinacion Perfecta CD (2002)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Folkways
SKU 60595742
UPC 093074080221
UPC 14 00093074080221
Format CD
Release Date 10/22/2002
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 40802
Lable Name Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released 10/22/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093074080221
Album Notes and Credits
Compilation producers: Raul Fernandez, Suzan Jenkins.
Includes liner notes by Leonardo Acosta, Ira Gitler, and Willard Jenkins.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
It's such a simple idea that it's hard to believe no one has done it before: a chronological history of Latin jazz. Tied to a book of the same name, this is a superb disc that takes the listener from the start, in 1949, with Machito & the Afro-Cubans offering the splendid, rhythmic "Tanga," all the way to Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes at a descarga (jam session) in 1998. What's astonishing isn't so much how the form developed, although it obviously has, but how fully formed it was in the beginning, whether in the drive of Dizzy Gillespie on "Manteca" or the exotic blossoming of Coltrane's "Giant Steps" in Justo Almario's version. Trumpet, piano, and percussion have always been important elements in Latin jazz, and all three get a workout on the disc, with the legendary Tito Puente giving the timbales a thorough pounding on the exciting "Mambo Beat" from his most creative period in the late '50s -- the first golden age of Latin music in the U.S. But, as the disc shows, there hasn't been a bad period for the style. And the range of big names here is excellent, guaranteeing some wonderful music from some real virtuosos in the field. More than just a simple introduction, this is an in-depth history (with excellent liner notes) of an area of music that's grown and shows no signs of quitting. ~ Chris Nickson
Disc 1
1 Tanga - Machito & The Afro-Cubans
2 Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra/Chano Pozo
3 Peanut Vendor, The (El Manisero) - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
4 Mango Mangue - Charlie Parker/Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra
5 Mambo - Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra/Charlie Parker
6 Mambo Beat - Tito Puente
7 Mambo Inn - George Shearing Quintet
8 Afro-Blue - Mongo Santamaria
9 Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro) - Cal Tjader
10 Juana Mil Ciento - Irakere
11 Giant Steps (Pasos Gigantes) - Justo Almario/Alex Acuna
12 Bye-Ya - Jerry Gonzalez
13 Friday Morning - Paquito D'Rivera/Arturo Sandoval
14 Los Aretes De La Luna - David Sanchez
15 Con Poco Coco - Chucho Valdes

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