Skin on Skin: The Mongo Santamaria Anthology 1958-1995 by Mongo Santamaría | 81227568924 | CD | Barnes & Noble
Skin on Skin: The Mongo Santamaria Anthology 1958-1995

Skin on Skin: The Mongo Santamaria Anthology 1958-1995

by Mongo Santamaría
     
 
Licensing power makes Rhino's two-CD Mongo Santamaria anthology a good choice for the newcomer, for it gathers together 34 tracks from 23 albums on seven labels, covering most of Mongo's long career. Even if you already have the Mongo collections issued by Fantasy, Columbia, and Concord Picante, this one duplicates surprisingly little of the music on those albums.

Overview

Licensing power makes Rhino's two-CD Mongo Santamaria anthology a good choice for the newcomer, for it gathers together 34 tracks from 23 albums on seven labels, covering most of Mongo's long career. Even if you already have the Mongo collections issued by Fantasy, Columbia, and Concord Picante, this one duplicates surprisingly little of the music on those albums. Indeed, many of the choices in all periods gravitate toward obscure album cuts, with just a handful of obvious Mongo classics like "Afro Blue," "Watermelon Man," and "Para Ti." The compilers seem to place their emphasis on how Mongo influenced the traditional Latin jazz performers of the '80s and '90s (his chief beneficiary, Poncho Sanchez, contributes a loving reminiscence in the booklet). While this philosophy serves the collection well from the early Fantasy through Riverside years, as well as the late Concord and Milestone stuff, it doesn't quite reveal how far-reaching Mongo's legacy really is. For example, they opt for atypically conservative Latin jazz material from the Columbia years and shortchange the charged-up boogaloos that gave this period its zesty flavor; this is an example of revisionism that doesn't tell it like it was. There is a lot of material from Mongo's brief, now-neglected Atlantic tenure (1969-1972), especially the Up from the Roots album -- after all, Rhino is the current custodian of that catalog -- and there is one decent unreleased selection from Mongo '70, "Panamanian Aire." Licensing restrictions beyond Rhino's control create a 15-year gap (1972-1987), and it might have been nice to hear something from his obscure 1955 solo debut. But all things considered, no other collection does as well in summing up the career of this magnificent conguero/bandleader.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1999
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227568924
catalogNumber:
75689

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mongo Santamaría   Primary Artist
Bob Quaranta   Piano,Keyboards
Cal Tjader   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Horn   Contributor
Charlie Palmieri   Contributor
James Brown   Composer
Pete Escovedo   Contributor
Jon Faddis   Contributor
Sonny Fortune   Contributor
Hubert Laws   Contributor
Luis Gasca   Contributor
Pee Wee Ellis   Composer
Lupe   Contributor
Marty Sheller   Contributor
Steve Berrios   Contributor
Willie Bobo   Contributor
Paquito Echevarria   Contributor
Walter Fuller   Composer
Eric Gale   Contributor
Raymond Maldonado   Contributor
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Contributor
Eddie Rivera   Contributor
Cal Tjader   Contributor
Eddy Martinez   Contributor
Armando Anthony Corea   Contributor
Bobby Capers   Contributor
Raymond Perez   Composer
Ignacio Piffeiro   Composer

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