Patato & Totico

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All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498624456
  • Catalog Number: 000259702
  • Sales rank: 73,232

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mas Que Nada - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (2:36)
  2. 2 Ya Yo E - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (4:16)
  3. 3 Ingrato Corazon - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (3:52)
  4. 4 Que Linda Va - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (3:09)
  5. 5 Nuestro Barrio - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (4:35)
  6. 6 Aqua Que la Caer - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (3:16)
  7. 7 En el Callejon - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (3:47)
  8. 8 Caridad Malda - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (2:34)
  9. 9 Rezo Abacua - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (3:54)
  10. 10 Dilo Como Yo - Carlos "Patato" Valdes (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patato y Totico Primary Artist
Carlos "Patato" Valdes Indexed Contributor, Percussion, Conga
Cachao Bass
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
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Acy Lehman Cover Design
Eugenio F. Arango Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Bryan Koniarz Reissue Producer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
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