At the Black Hawk

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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: 5/30/1994
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218243421
  • Catalog Number: 24734

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bluchanga (8:00)
  2. 2 Tenderly (4:04)
  3. 3 Descarga at the Black Hawk (7:30)
  4. 4 Bacoso (8:54)
  5. 5 Sabor (4:05)
  6. 6 All the Things You Are (4:57)
  7. 7 Pachanga Twist (3:27)
  8. 8 Las Guajiras (7:47)
  9. 9 Para Ti (3:04)
  10. 10 Body and Soul (5:40)
  11. 11 Merengue Changa (3:48)
  12. 12 Dulce Sueno (2:38)
  13. 13 Mambo Terrifico (2:54)
  14. 14 Close Your Eyes (5:43)
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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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