Afro Blue: The Picante Collection

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
In assembling its own "Mongo's Greatest Hits" entry, Concord Picante had only a slim catalog of four albums, a narrow time frame, and one of Mongo's less incendiary phases to choose from. But they stuck with a purist concept, avoiding pop covers and experiments, targeting Mongo's vintage standards and numbers that conjure some of the old Afro-Cuban heat, and they came up with a nice overview of the Picante years. Whenever possible, we get authentic guajiras, mambos and guarachas, as well as the charanga-band sound that harkens back to Mongo's recordings of the 1950s -- all now in gleaming modern sound. Some of the highlights: the hypnotic Cuban voodoo-like incantation...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
In assembling its own "Mongo's Greatest Hits" entry, Concord Picante had only a slim catalog of four albums, a narrow time frame, and one of Mongo's less incendiary phases to choose from. But they stuck with a purist concept, avoiding pop covers and experiments, targeting Mongo's vintage standards and numbers that conjure some of the old Afro-Cuban heat, and they came up with a nice overview of the Picante years. Whenever possible, we get authentic guajiras, mambos and guarachas, as well as the charanga-band sound that harkens back to Mongo's recordings of the 1950s -- all now in gleaming modern sound. Some of the highlights: the hypnotic Cuban voodoo-like incantation of "La Tumba," stimulating live renditions of "Manteca" and "Afro Blue," and pianist Charlie Palmieri's valedictory appearance with Mongo on "Mayeya." While this wouldn't qualify as the basic Mongo collection, you will still find it vastly entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/1997
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431478126
  • Catalog Number: 4781

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Un Dia de Playa (A Day at the Beach) (5:04)
  2. 2 Mayeya (5:52)
  3. 3 Con Mi Ritmo (6:32)
  4. 4 La Tumba (5:23)
  5. 5 El Campesino (4:26)
  6. 6 Manteca (6:47)
  7. 7 Bonita (4:39)
  8. 8 Para Ti (5:54)
  9. 9 Come Candela (5:20)
  10. 10 Afro Blue (10:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mongo Santamaría Primary Artist, Conga
Charlie Palmieri Piano
Marty Sheller Conductor
Eddie Allen Trumpet
Mitch Frohman Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Sam Furnace Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Claudia Gomez Background Vocals
Humberto "Nengue" Hernandez Percussion, Bongos
Ray Martinez Bass
Bernie Minoso Bass, Background Vocals
Angelo-Mark Pagen Background Vocals
Bobby Porcelli Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Bob Quaranta Piano
Piro Rodriguez Trumpet
Pablo Rosario Percussion, Bongos
Steve Thornton Percussion
Merceditas Valdés Background Vocals
Ada Chabrier Background Vocals
Eddie Rodrigues Percussion, Bongos, Vocals, Background Vocals
Valtinho Percussion
Ray Vega Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Background Vocals
Denice Nortez Wiener Background Vocals
Tony Hinson Tenor Saxophone
Luís Céspedes Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Allen Farnham Producer
Marty Sheller Arranger
Eddie Allen Arranger
Phil Edwards Engineer
Walter Fuller Composer
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer, Executive Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Ray Martinez Arranger
Nick Phillips Producer
Bob Quaranta Arranger
Mongo Santamaría Arranger
Ed Trabanco Producer, Engineer
Kent Judkins Art Direction
Ray Gilbert Composer
Carl E. Jefferson Producer
Eddie J. Allen Composer
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