Afro-Roots

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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 Pérez 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; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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 Pérez 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/1989
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218541824
  • Catalog Number: 24018
  • Sales rank: 59,737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Afro Blue (3:55)
  2. 2 Che-Que-Re-Que-Che-Que (1:43)
  3. 3 Rezo (2:10)
  4. 4 Ayenye (2:38)
  5. 5 Onyae (3:26)
  6. 6 Bata (2:27)
  7. 7 Meta Rumba (3:30)
  8. 8 Chano Pozo (2:36)
  9. 9 Los Conguitos (2:10)
  10. 10 Monte Adentro (3:30)
  11. 11 Imaribayo (2:00)
  12. 12 Mazacote (10:33)
  13. 13 Ye Ye (3:00)
  14. 14 Congobel (2:54)
  15. 15 Macunsere (2:59)
  16. 16 Timbales Y Bongo (7:10)
  17. 17 Yambu (4:00)
  18. 18 Bricamo (4:19)
  19. 19 Longoito (3:15)
  20. 20 Conga Pa Gozar (4:04)
  21. 21 Columbia (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mongo Santamaría Primary Artist, Percussion, Conga
Paul Horn Flute
Vince Guaraldi Piano
Armando Peraza Percussion, Conga
Jerry Rivera Percussion, Vocals
Al McKibbon Bass
Francisco Aguabella Percussion, Conga
Willie Bobo Timbales
Juan Cheda Percussion, Vocals
Israel DelPino Vocals
Modesto Duran Percussion, Conga
Jose Gamboa Percussion, Vocals, Tres
Mercedes Hernandez Vocals
Pablo Mozo Percussion, Stick, Triangle, cowbell
Emil Richards Vibes
Jose Silva Tenor Saxophone
Cal Tjader Vibes
Carlos Vidal Percussion, Conga
Technical Credits
Paul Horn Contributor
Vince Guaraldi Contributor
Armando Peraza Contributor
Jerry Rivera Contributor
Al McKibbon Contributor
Francisco Aguabella Contributor
Juan Cheda Contributor
Israel DelPino Contributor
Modesto Duran Contributor
Jose Gamboa Contributor
Mercedes Hernandez Contributor
Pablo Mozo Contributor
Emil Richards Contributor
Mongo Santamaría Contributor
Cal Tjader Contributor
Carlos Vidal Contributor
Chombo Silva Contributor
Ralph J. Gleason Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Tony Lane Art Direction
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