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Mambo Jazz
     

Mambo Jazz

by Bobby Matos
 

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There are few things more rare than an interesting jazz duet album featuring two drummers. But Bobby Matos and John Santos are no ordinary jazz drummers. Towering figures on the New York Latin jazz scene, Matos and Santos are respected bandleaders, gifted composers, and, it must be said, white-hot drummers. Their cross-talking polyrhythms are at the soul of these

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There are few things more rare than an interesting jazz duet album featuring two drummers. But Bobby Matos and John Santos are no ordinary jazz drummers. Towering figures on the New York Latin jazz scene, Matos and Santos are respected bandleaders, gifted composers, and, it must be said, white-hot drummers. Their cross-talking polyrhythms are at the soul of these songs -- much of the time, they are the songs -- and even on the mambo "I Don't Speak Spanish (But I Understand Everything When I'm Dancing)," which features a hilariously awful reading of pretentious poetry by the wildly overdramatic Denise Cook, the two percussionists manage to keep a solid groove going, possibly even with straight faces. That misstep aside, Mambo Jazz is a pure Latin jazz delight, a feast of percolating grooves and hypnotic polyrhythms that's genuinely musically interesting for folks other than hardcore percussion freaks. There's a musicality even to all-percussion tracks like the closing "Salida (pa' Cafe Borinquen)" that marks Mambo Jazz as one of the more interesting Latin jazz duet albums of its era.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
Label:
Cubop Records
UPC:
0780661503514
catalogNumber:
15035

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Performance Credits

Bobby Matos   Primary Artist,Conga,Timbales,Bells,Chekere,Coro,Guiro
David Belove   Bass
Eliseo Borrero   Bass
Gilbert Castellanos   Trumpet
Melecio Magdaluyo   Alto Saxophone
Rev. Ron Stallings   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Turre   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Bells
Orestes Vilató   Bongos,Guiro
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Paul van Wageningen   Clavier
John Lopez   Coro
Robertito Melendez   Conga,Chekere

Technical Credits

John Calloway   Composer
Mark V.   Engineer
Bobby Matos   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Michael McFadden   Executive Producer
John Santos   Arranger,Producer
Mike Turre   Arranger
Jody McFadin   Executive Producer
Robertito Melendez   Bell Arrangements
Michael Turre   Composer
Jose Castellar   Composer

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