Mongo '70

Mongo '70

by Mongo Santamaría
     
 

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Mongo's graduation from Columbia to Atlantic, and from Top 40 covers to funkier soul-jazz, could not have been more welcome. At least half the credit for his new sound goes to Neal Creque, who wrote six of the ten tracks here. Creque, one of the most interesting composers of the late '60s and early '70s, has a sound that recalls Brasilians

Overview

Mongo's graduation from Columbia to Atlantic, and from Top 40 covers to funkier soul-jazz, could not have been more welcome. At least half the credit for his new sound goes to Neal Creque, who wrote six of the ten tracks here. Creque, one of the most interesting composers of the late '60s and early '70s, has a sound that recalls Brasilians Deodato and Donato, Herbie Hancock, and the greats of New Orleans piano. The rest of the group (in the studio, at least) also is new for Mongo, although Marty Sheller returns as conductor. Featuring heavy soul-jazz with crack Latin percussion, Mongo '70 is consistently dramatic and evocative, so much so that it could've easily been the score for a movie. Nothing rates as filler, and the end is particularly strong. The funky "Mo' Do'" is followed by "Grass Roots," which has everything: guitar, vibraslap, mournful horns; "Dedicated to Love" is nearly an update on "Peter Gunn." Jon Hart's bass may be mixed a little high, but heavy funk is the message here. That and the fact that Neal Creque has arrived.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC:
0081227363420
catalogNumber:
273634

Tracks

  1. Windjammer  - Mongo Santamaría
  2. Yesterday's Tomorrow  - Mongo Santamaría
  3. March of the Panther  - Mongo Santamaría
  4. Look Away  - Mongo Santamaría
  5. Night Crawler  - Mongo Santamaría
  6. Whistler  - Mongo Santamaría
  7. Adobo Criollo  - Mongo Santamaría
  8. Mo' Do  - Mongo Santamaría
  9. Grass Roots  - Mongo Santamaría
  10. Dedicated to Love  - Mongo Santamaría

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mongo Santamaría   Primary Artist,Bongos,Conga
Roger Glenn   Flute,Vibes
Angel Allende   Percussion,Timbales
Alfred Brown   Viola
Selwart Clarke   Viola
Julio Collazo   Percussion
Neal Creque   Piano,Electric Piano
Israel Gonzalez   Trumpet
Emanuel Green   Violin
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Sonny Henry   Guitar
Trevor Lawrence   Baritone Saxophone
Joseph Malin   Violin
Kermit Moore   Cello
Gene Orloff   Violin
Grant Reed   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
George Ricci   Cello
Eric Glae   Guitar
Jimmy Johnson   Drums
Osvaldo Martinez   Percussion
Jon Hart   Electric Bass
Palayo Diaz   Percussion
Charles Williamson   Cornet

Technical Credits

Joel Dorn   Producer

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