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Afro Roots (1989)

Artist: Mongo Santamaria
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Format: CD
Sku: 60070625
UPC: 025218541824
UPC 14: 00025218541824
Release Date: 8/28/1990
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Afro Blue ~ Mongo Santamaria
2. Che-Que-Re-Que-Che-Que ~ Mongo Santamaria
3. Rezo ~ Mongo Santamaria
4. Ayenye ~ Mongo Santamaria
5. Onyae ~ Mongo Santamaria
6. Bata ~ Mongo Santamaria
7. Meta Rumba ~ Mongo Santamaria
8. Chano Pozo ~ Mongo Santamaria
9. Los Conguitos ~ Mongo Santamaria
10. Monte Adentro ~ Mongo Santamaria
11. Imaribayo ~ Mongo Santamaria
12. Mazacote ~ Mongo Santamaria
13. Ye Ye ~ Mongo Santamaria
14. Congobel ~ Mongo Santamaria
15. Macunsere ~ Mongo Santamaria
16. Timbales Y Bongo ~ Mongo Santamaria
17. Yambu ~ Mongo Santamaria
18. Bricamo ~ Mongo Santamaria
19. Longoito ~ Mongo Santamaria
20. Conga Pa Gozar ~ Mongo Santamaria
21. Columbia ~ Mongo Santamaria

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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

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Associated Artists and Works

Almario, Justo
Betancourt, Justo
Cal Tjader Quintet
Fania All-Stars
Jose Monguito Santamaria
Puente, Tito
Santamaria, Monguito
Tjader, Cal

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/11/1989
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1989
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 24018
Music Label Name Label : Prestige
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00025218541824

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