At the Black Hawk

At the Black Hawk

by Mongo Santamaria & His Orchestra
     
 

Applying their famous two-fer philosophy to the digital era, Fantasy combines Mighty Mongo and Viva Mongo! on a single CD, showcasing two somewhat different slants on Mongo Santamaria's music during a period of exploration. Mighty Mongo leans more to Mongo's jazz side without sacrificing his Afro-Cuban rhythmic base, while Viva Mongo has aSee more details below

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Applying their famous two-fer philosophy to the digital era, Fantasy combines Mighty Mongo and Viva Mongo! on a single CD, showcasing two somewhat different slants on Mongo Santamaria's music during a period of exploration. Mighty Mongo leans more to Mongo's jazz side without sacrificing his Afro-Cuban rhythmic base, while Viva Mongo has a more distinctly ethnic Cuban sound with Rudy Calzado's solo vocals and the band's group chanting, Rolando Lozano's wooden flute riding playfully above the ensemble, and the traditional Cuban use of string counterlines. On Mighty Mongo, "Descarga at the Black Hawk" sets an especially tasty groove, with some timbales/congas/cymbals action on an extended vamp. Lozano shines in an extended flute solo on "Bacoso" before a scorcher of a percussion battle develops, while composer/pianist Joao Donato also doubles on trombone on "Sabor." Viva Mongo's highlights include "Las Guajiras," a relaxed spellbinder at a guajira tempo; "Merengue Changa," a stupefying merger of two different rhythmic feelings; and the appropriately titled "Mambo Terrifico." Jose "Chombo" Silva, the Cuban Stan Getz worshipper who also evokes Coleman Hawkins on occasion, careens pleasingly on both albums. Of the two, Viva Mongo is perhaps the more vital record, but it's a close call; both are vibrant expressions of Mongo's art.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/1994
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0025218243421
catalogNumber:
24734

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mongo Santamaria & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Willie Bobo   Timbales
Rudy Calzado   Vocals
Julio Collazo   Percussion
João Donato   Piano,Trombone
Rolando Lozano   Wood Flute
Pat Patrick   Baritone Saxophone
Mongo Santamaría   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Victor Venegas   Bass
Pupi Legarreta   Violin
Jose Chombo Silva   Violin,Tenor Saxophone
Cuco Martinez   Percussion,Timbales
Monguito Santamaria   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

João Donato   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
René Hernández   Contributor
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Jose Lozano   Composer
Rolando Lozano   Composer
Mongo Santamaría   Composer
Jose Silva   Contributor
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Domingo G. Echevarria   Contributor
Harry Sepulveda   Contributor
Chuck Ellsworth   Liner Notes
Cuco Martinez   Composer
Jose Lozano   Composer

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