Jazz Descargas

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some artists go around calling themselves kings or queens when they haven't earned the title, but in the case of the Conga Kings -- Candido Camero, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, and Giovanni Hidalgo -- the word "king" isn't an exaggeration. These conga players really do have long and impressive resumes in the Afro-Cuban field; anyone who is seriously into salsa and Latin jazz should be familiar with their work. Recorded in 2000, Jazz Descargas isn't innovative or forward-thinking by 21st century standards -- most of their Latin jazz sounds like it could have been recorded in the 1950s or 1960s. But while this CD isn't experimental, it is definitely solid. Though few surprises ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some artists go around calling themselves kings or queens when they haven't earned the title, but in the case of the Conga Kings -- Candido Camero, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, and Giovanni Hidalgo -- the word "king" isn't an exaggeration. These conga players really do have long and impressive resumes in the Afro-Cuban field; anyone who is seriously into salsa and Latin jazz should be familiar with their work. Recorded in 2000, Jazz Descargas isn't innovative or forward-thinking by 21st century standards -- most of their Latin jazz sounds like it could have been recorded in the 1950s or 1960s. But while this CD isn't experimental, it is definitely solid. Though few surprises occur, the Conga Kings are hard-swinging and infectious on Latin jazz staples like Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca," Chano Pozo's "Tin Tin Deo," and Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" a gem that many rockers associate with Santana's hit remake of 1970. In Spanish, the word "descarga" refers to a Latin jam, and Jazz Descargas is an appropriate title for this release because the Conga Kings don't hesitate to give the horn players room to stretch out and improvise. The noteworthy soloists include, among others, trombonist Jimmy Bosch, trumpeter Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, and veteran alto saxophonist Phil Woods, who has some inspired moments on Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" and Bud Powell's "Un Poco Loco." All of those guests prove to be assets on this consistently pleasing, if derivative, effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Chesky Records
  • UPC: 090368021724
  • Catalog Number: 217
  • Sales rank: 286,109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Un Poco Loco (7:02)
  2. 2 Tin Tin Deo (8:33)
  3. 3 Caravan (6:24)
  4. 4 Tumbao de Tamborito (7:43)
  5. 5 A Night in Tunisia (6:56)
  6. 6 Oye Como Va (7:07)
  7. 7 Manteca (5:55)
  8. 8 Conga Descarga (7:59)
  9. 9 The Peanut Vendor (7:31)
  10. 10 Chocolate Descarga (8:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Conga Kings Primary Artist
Dizzy Gillespie Track Performer
Giovanni Hidalgo Conga
Chocolate Trumpet
Chano Pozo Track Performer
Chocolate Armenteros Trumpet
Candido Camero Conga
Guillermo Edghill Bass
Joe Gonzalez Percussion
Mike Ponella Trumpet
Mario Rivera Baritone Saxophone
Julio Salgado Vocals
Mauricio Smith Flute
Carlos "Patato" Valdes Conga
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Bosch Trombone
Enrique Fernandez Alto Saxophone
Nelson Gonzalez Tres
Pedro Martinez Vocals
John Benthal Guitar
Technical Credits
David Chesky Producer
Gil Fuller Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Norman Chesky Executive Producer
Walter Fuller Composer
Chip Stern Liner Notes
Aldo Sampieri Art Direction
Ray Santos Arranger, Producer, Musical Director
Barry Wolifson Engineer
Rick Eckerle Engineer
Nicholas Prout Mastering
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