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Patato & Totico
     

Patato & Totico

by Patato Valdez
 
The landmark recording Patato & Totico belongs neither entirely to rhumberos nor to jazzers. The musical style will feel very familiar to those familiar with Cuba's rhumba tradition, which springs from the ritual songs of Yorubans and their descendants who found themselves sold into servitude to Cuba's sugar and tobacco plantations. The ensemble consists of

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The landmark recording Patato & Totico belongs neither entirely to rhumberos nor to jazzers. The musical style will feel very familiar to those familiar with Cuba's rhumba tradition, which springs from the ritual songs of Yorubans and their descendants who found themselves sold into servitude to Cuba's sugar and tobacco plantations. The ensemble consists of tumbadora, tres golpes, quinto, shekere, clave, and voice, just as it would have a hundred years before in Havana basements or Matanzas slave quarters. The musicians, however, are no strangers to Manhattan jazz clubs, and that sensibility shines through. From the bass master Israel "Cachao" Lopez, who was a budding talent at the time, to the legendary Arsenio Rodriguez on tres, to Patato, who went on to become one of the most influential voices on his instrument, this band of rhumberos was a force in the jazz world as well. This sensibility shines through in their renditions of "Mas Que Nada" and "Ya Yo E." The fidelity is not the best, and future Patato recordings like Authority shine through as stronger on the whole. However, as one of the first New York contributions to the rhumba world, Patato & Totico is a very pleasing, rich piece of history.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602498624456
catalogNumber:
000259702

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Performance Credits

Patato Valdez   Primary Artist
Cachao   Bass
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Percussion,Conga
Papaito   Stick
Eugene "Totico" Arrango   Vocals
Tony Mayari   Vocals
Francisco "Panchin" Valdez   Stick

Technical Credits

Jorge Ben   Composer
Teddy Reig   Producer
Pete Spargo   Producer
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Composer
Val Valentin   Engineer,Director Of Engineering
Acy Lehman   Cover Design
Eugenio F. Arango   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Bryan Koniarz   Reissue Producer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer

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