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Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos
     

Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos

by Juan Calle and His Latin Lantzmen
 
Mazeltov, Mis Amigos is a real oddity in the history of both Latin jazz and Jewish music. Though the LP was billed to Juan Calle and His Latin Lantzmen, in truth that was a pseudonym for a group of heavyweight talents including Ray Barretto, Charlie Palmieri, Clark Terry

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Mazeltov, Mis Amigos is a real oddity in the history of both Latin jazz and Jewish music. Though the LP was billed to Juan Calle and His Latin Lantzmen, in truth that was a pseudonym for a group of heavyweight talents including Ray Barretto, Charlie Palmieri, Clark Terry, Doc Cheatham, and Willie Rodriguez. As the album title intimated, the idea was to put Jewish standards to Latin jazz arrangements. Thus, the album included the most famous Jewish standard of all, "Havah Nagilah," as a "cha-cha-cha," and others as mambos, merengues, and sambas. As is the case with many an ambitious fusion, the product wasn't as intriguing as the formula. The playing is fairly hot, and the melodies recognizably Jewish in character, if never as familiar as "Havah Nagilah." It does sound sort of kitschy, however, especially on the numbers featuring rather stentorian vocals. That might be part of the attraction for some listeners, and it is too well played to be classified as a novelty, if only just.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2009
Label:
Idelsohn Society
UPC:
0824247018525
catalogNumber:
17

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Performance Credits

Juan Calle and His Latin Lantzmen   Primary Artist
Ray Barretto   Bongos,Conga
Charlie Palmieri   Piano
Willie Rodriguez   Percussion,Bongos,Timbales
John Cali   Lute
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Ed Powell   Vocals
Shelly Russell   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet
Lou Oles   Trumpet
Juan Calle   Leader
Shelly Russell   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet
Ed Powell   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Cali   Arranger
Shelly Russell   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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