Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's such a simple idea that it's hard to believe no one has done it before: a chronological history of Latin jazz. Tied to a book of the same name, this is a superb disc that takes the listener from the start, in 1949, with Machito & the Afro-Cubans offering the splendid, rhythmic "Tanga," all the way to Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes at a descarga jam session in 1998. What's astonishing isn't so much how the form developed, although it obviously has, but how fully formed it was in the beginning, whether in the drive of Dizzy Gillespie on "Manteca" or the exotic blossoming of Coltrane's "Giant Steps" in Justo Almario's version. Trumpet, piano, and percussion have always...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's such a simple idea that it's hard to believe no one has done it before: a chronological history of Latin jazz. Tied to a book of the same name, this is a superb disc that takes the listener from the start, in 1949, with Machito & the Afro-Cubans offering the splendid, rhythmic "Tanga," all the way to Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes at a descarga jam session in 1998. What's astonishing isn't so much how the form developed, although it obviously has, but how fully formed it was in the beginning, whether in the drive of Dizzy Gillespie on "Manteca" or the exotic blossoming of Coltrane's "Giant Steps" in Justo Almario's version. Trumpet, piano, and percussion have always been important elements in Latin jazz, and all three get a workout on the disc, with the legendary Tito Puente giving the timbales a thorough pounding on the exciting "Mambo Beat" from his most creative period in the late '50s -- the first golden age of Latin music in the U.S. But, as the disc shows, there hasn't been a bad period for the style. And the range of big names here is excellent, guaranteeing some wonderful music from some real virtuosos in the field. More than just a simple introduction, this is an in-depth history with excellent liner notes of an area of music that's grown and shows no signs of quitting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074080221
  • Catalog Number: 40802
  • Sales rank: 199,940

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tanga - Machito & His Afro-Cubans (3:53)
  2. 2 Manteca (3:09)
  3. 3 The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (2:46)
  4. 4 Mango Mangüé - Charlie Parker (2:59)
  5. 5 Mambo - Charlie Parker (3:19)
  6. 6 Mambo Beat - Tito Puente (4:11)
  7. 7 Mambo Inn - George Shearing (3:13)
  8. 8 Afro-Blue - Mongo Santamaría (3:58)
  9. 9 Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro) - Cal Tjader (2:26)
  10. 10 Juana Mil Ciento (6:31)
  11. 11 Giant Steps (Pasos Gigantes) - Alex Acuña (6:10)
  12. 12 Bye-Ya - Jerry Gonzalez (6:49)
  13. 13 Friday Morning - Arturo Sandoval (6:35)
  14. 14 Los Aretes de la Luna (5:01)
  15. 15 Con Poco Coco - Chucho Valdés (8:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Machito Maracas
Tito Puente Leader, Timbales
Justo Almario Tenor Saxophone
Laurindo Almeida Guitar
Benny Bailey Trumpet
Eddie Bert Trombone
Michel Camilo Piano
Buddy Childers Trumpet
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Paquito d'Rivera Saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Stan Kenton Piano
Mark Levine Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich Drums
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Piano
Hilton Ruiz Piano
Arturo Sandoval Trumpet
George Shearing Piano
Dave Valentin Flute
George Young Flute
Dave Burns Trumpet
Ken Hanna Trumpet
Howard Johnson Alto Saxophone
Armando Peraza Percussion, Conga
Gene Quill Alto Saxophone
Chucho Valdés Piano, Keyboards, Leader
Jane Bunnett Flute
Giovanni Hidalgo Percussion
Danilo Pérez Piano
John Clark French Horn
Carter Jefferson Tenor Saxophone
Luis Miranda Conga
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Chano Pozo Conga
Al McKibbon Bass
Johnny Rae Drums
Alex Acuña Drums
Francisco Aguabella Percussion
Al Porcino Trumpet
Bob Ascher Trombone
Carlos Averhoff Saxophone
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
John Benítez Bass
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Steve Berrios Drums, Timbales, Bells, Claves, Bata, Shekere
Harry Betts Trombone
Willie Bobo Bongos, Jawbone
Andres Boiarsky Clarinet
Percy Brice Drums
William Cepeda Trombone
Kenny Clarke Drums
Julio Collazo Conga
Luis Conte Conga
Jack Costanzo Bongos
Adam Cruz Drums
Guillermo Figueroa Violin
Christopher Finckel Cello
Vincent Frisaura Trumpet
John Frosk Trumpet
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Joe Gayles Tenor Saxophone
Alvin Gellers Piano
Bob Gioga Baritone Saxophone
Andy González Bass
Joseph Grimaldi Saxophone
René Hernández Piano
Lonnie Hewitt Piano
John Hilliard Bass
Ralph Irizarry Timbales
Ted Kelly Trombone
Harry Kim Trumpet
Dale Kleps Alto Flute
Jose Madera Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Matos Timbales
Rebeca Mauleón Piano
Ubaldo Nieto Timbales
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas Timbales
John Pena Bass
Enrique Pla Drums
Gene Rapett Trumpet
Emil Richards Vibes
Roger Rosenberg Bass Clarinet
Michito Sánchez Conga
Mongo Santamaría Conga
Fred Skerritt Alto Saxophone
Toots Thielemans Guitar
Cal Tjader Leader, Vibes
Hilario Durán Piano
Oscar Valdés Percussion
Jorge Varona Trumpet
Bart Varsalona Bass Trombone
Papo Vasquez Trombone
Arturo Velasco Trombone
Carlos Vidal Conga
Mark Walker Drums
Ray Wetzel Trumpet
Elmon Wright Trumpet
Armando Cuervo Percussion
Carlos del Puerto Bass
Sol Rabinowitz Tenor Saxophone
Leslie Johnakins Baritone Saxophone
Orlando "Maraca" Valle Flute
Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band Trumpet, Conga, Flugelhorn, Bells, Shekere
Chico Alvarez Trumpet
Frank Davilla Trumpet
Joe Rotondi Jr. Piano
Paquito Davilla Trumpet
Harry Forbes Trombone
Pernell Saturnino Chimes, Conga
Bobby Woodlen Trumpet
Francis Williams Trumpet
Ray Vega Trumpet
Toby Appel Viola
Omar Sosa Piano
Tom Christensen Oboe
Ray Wallace Trombone
Claudia Acuña Voices
Edsel Gomez Piano
Valerie Turner Violin
Martin Holmes Tenor Saxophone
Carlos Emilio Morales Electric Guitar
Alain Pérez Rodríguez Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Raúl Píñeda Roque Cymbals, Drums
John Richard Lewis Piano
Chris Washburne Trombone
Gene Johnson Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Allen Fields Field Work
Ira Gitler Liner Notes, Annotation
Danilo Lozano Author, Annotation
John Santos Liner Notes, Annotation
Raúl Fernández Producer
Suzan Jenkins Producer
Herman Leonard Cover Photo
Max Salazar Liner Notes, Annotation
Willard Jenkins Liner Notes, Annotation
Leonardo Acosta Liner Notes, Annotation
Isabelle Leymarie Liner Notes, Annotation
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