Live at Jazz Alley

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This is as close to Latin purist Mongo as we have heard in recent years, an eight-piece salsa band -- including several members of the 1997 Tito Puente ensemble, like trumpeter Ray Vega, altoist Bobby Porcelli and tenorman Mitch Frohman -- playing a brace of Mongo classics and Latin jazz pieces live before a hushed crowd in Seattle's Jazz Alley. There are no pop covers, one electric instrument a bass, lots of extended jazz solos Porcelli and Frohman really burn on the pioneering Afro-Cuban classic "Manteca", and an unusual for Mongo emphasis on the timbales on many tracks, which shoves the rhythms closer to the salsified Puente manner. However, tracks like "Juan ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This is as close to Latin purist Mongo as we have heard in recent years, an eight-piece salsa band -- including several members of the 1997 Tito Puente ensemble, like trumpeter Ray Vega, altoist Bobby Porcelli and tenorman Mitch Frohman -- playing a brace of Mongo classics and Latin jazz pieces live before a hushed crowd in Seattle's Jazz Alley. There are no pop covers, one electric instrument a bass, lots of extended jazz solos Porcelli and Frohman really burn on the pioneering Afro-Cuban classic "Manteca", and an unusual for Mongo emphasis on the timbales on many tracks, which shoves the rhythms closer to the salsified Puente manner. However, tracks like "Juan Jose," "Home" and "Bonita" do have the smooth Mongo cha-cha and guajira grooves, and elsewhere, Mongo lifts himself out of the background often enough to deliver some stirring polyrhythmic conga salvos. For a specific jolt from Mongo's own past, there is "Para Ti" and 10 1/2 stimulating minutes of "Afro Blue." Though the general electricity level of the gig could be higher, Mongo's ageless spirit triumphs again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431101666
  • Catalog Number: 1016

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Home (6:15)
  2. 2 Bonita (4:55)
  3. 3 Philadelphia (6:13)
  4. 4 Para Ti (6:07)
  5. 5 Manteca (7:06)
  6. 6 Ponce (7:06)
  7. 7 Come Candela (5:34)
  8. 8 Ibiano (5:04)
  9. 9 Juan José (5:38)
  10. 10 Afro Blue (10:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mongo Santamaría Primary Artist, Conga
Andreu Johnny Almendra Drums, Timbales, Coro
Mitch Frohman Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bernie Minoso Bass, Background Vocals, Double Bass, Coro
Bobby Porcelli Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Bob Quaranta Piano
Eddie Rodirguez Percussion, Vocals, Coro
Raymond Vega Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Coro
Ray Vegam Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Eddie Rodrigues Percussion, Vocals, Coro
Ray Vega Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Background Vocals, Coro
Johnny Almendra Drums, Timbales, Coro
John Andreu Almendra Drums, Timbales, Background Vocals
Eddie Rodriguez Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Allen Farnham Producer, Audio Production
Gil Fuller Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Marty Sheller Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Fred Jacobs Authoring
Niño Rivera Composer
William Allen Arranger, Composer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
John Coltrane Composer
Phil Edwards Engineer, Remixing
Mitch Frohman Contributor
Walter Fuller Composer
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Bernie Minoso Contributor
Nick Phillips Producer
Bobby Porcelli Contributor
Bob Quaranta Arranger, Director, Musical Director
Eddie Rodirguez Contributor
Mongo Santamaría Arranger, Composer
Sandi Young Art Direction
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Ray Vega Arranger, Composer
Johnny Almendra Contributor
Graeme Brown Mastering
Ted White Engineer
Carl E. Jefferson Audio Production
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