Afro Roots CD (1990)

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Label Fantasy/prestige
SKU 60070625
UPC 025218541824
UPC 14 00025218541824
Format CD
Release Date 8/28/1990
Author Mongo Santamaria
Compilation Appearance MOD JAZZ [Vinyl Record]
Associated Artist/Work Almario, Justo
Associated Artist/Work Betancourt, Justo
Associated Artist/Work Cal Tjader Quintet
Associated Artist/Work Fania All-Stars
Associated Artist/Work Jose Monguito Santamaria
Associated Artist/Work Puente, Tito
Associated Artist/Work Santamaria, Monguito
Associated Artist/Work Tjader, Cal
Technical Info
CatalogID 24018
Lable Name Prestige
Released 07/11/1989
Original Release 1989
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 77m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00025218541824
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Mongo Santamaria, Francisco Aguabella, Willie Bobo, Juan Cheda, Israel Del Pino, Modesto Duran, Jose Gamboa, Vince Guaraldi, Mercedes Hernandez, Paul Horn, Al McKibbon, Pablo Mozo, Armando Peraza, Emil Richards, Jerry Rivera, "Chombo" Silva, Cal Tjader, Carlos Vidal.
A CD reissue of a mid-'70s repackaging of Mongo Santamaria's first two Fantasy albums, 1958's Yambu and 1959's Mongo, Afro-Roots is superb Latin jazz. Although these were Santamaria's first albums as a leader, the conga player had already worked with P?rez Prado, Tito Puente, and Cal Tjader, giving him absolutely impeccable Latin jazz credentials to go along with his obviously amazing chops. Considering that these albums were recorded for a general jazz audience and the tight, concise arrangements don't allow Santamaria room to stretch out as he did in concert (most of the songs are in the two- to three-minute range), Afro-Roots is still an impressively genuine album; although the '50s were the age of Martin Denny-style exotica kitsch, most of these tracks are extremely traditional Cuban music. Some, like "Bata" and "Timbales y Bongo," are simply hypnotic solos on the titular instruments, while others are traditional Afro-Cuban folk songs and chants. The delightful original "Afro Blue," which quickly became a Latin jazz standard, almost sounds out of place in this setting. ~ Stewart Mason
Disc 1
1 Afro Blue
2 Che-Que-Re-Que-Che-Que
3 Rezo
4 Ayenye
5 Onyae
6 Bata
7 Meta Rumba
8 Chano Pozo
9 Los Conguitos
10 Monte Adentro
11 Imaribayo
12 Mazacote
13 Ye Ye
14 Congobel
15 Macunsere
16 Timbales Y Bongo
17 Yambu
18 Bricamo
19 Longoito
20 Conga Pa Gozar
21 Columbia

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