Talkin' Verve

Talkin' Verve

by Willie Bobo
     
 

After his tenure with Latin jazz legends Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, and Mongo Santamaria, timbals player Willie Bobo formed an innovative band of his own. Replacing piano with electric guitar, he helped to create the '60s "boogaloo" movement, which put a younger audience on the…  See more details below

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After his tenure with Latin jazz legends Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, and Mongo Santamaria, timbals player Willie Bobo formed an innovative band of his own. Replacing piano with electric guitar, he helped to create the '60s "boogaloo" movement, which put a younger audience on the dance floor by juicing up the Latin jazz with a bit of sassy funk and Top 40 shimmer. This collection, culled from six albums, features many of Bobo's best tracks, including "Roots," "Fried Neck Bones and Homefries," and the booty-shaking medley, "Shotgun/Blind Man, Blind Man." It also has the original recording of "Evil Ways," which Carlos Santana covered almost verbatim. Bobo's sound - which placed straight forward jazz horn players over that goose-loose, guitar-driven, percussion-rich rhythm section -- always sounded good coming out of a jukebox; his music had a huge influence on Santana, Earth, Wind & Fire, War, and other nascent rock and funk bands in the late'60s. But few would ever boogaloo with the swinging insouciance of Willie Bobo.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Whatever the meaning of the word "talkin," this is still a most valuable release because it succinctly sums up Willie Bobo's Verve recordings, most of which have yet to see the light of the laser. By this time, Bobo had followed Mongo Santamaria into the marketplace as an energetic exponent of the Latin boogaloo, even scoring a minor hit with "Spanish Grease." But Bobo went even further than Mongo toward an accommodation with the '60s scene, adding the R&B-oriented electric rhythm guitar of Sonny Henry, dropping the piano, incorporating strings and even an occasional graceful vocal now and then. While there are a few covers of '60s standards here, like "The Look of Love" and "Grazing in the Grass" -- and he had the great sense to seek out and record a hip-shaking version of Eddie Harris' "Sham Time" -- Bobo's biggest contribution on these tracks was in providing the inspiration for the Latin rock boom to come. "Evil Ways" is almost an exact blueprint for Carlos Santana's career-launching hit version; "Spanish Grease" reappeared uncredited six years later as Santana's "No One to Depend On," and Santana also played Bobo's lowdown "Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries" in the band's early days. With Bobo's galvanic congas and timbales swinging at all times, few CDs by a single artist capture the ambience of late-'60s jazz radio in the evening as well as this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/1997
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453757523
catalogNumber:
537575

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Bobo   Primary Artist,Percussion,Timbales,Vocals
Phil Bodner   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Richard Davis   Bass
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet,Vocals
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Stan Webb   Flute
Frederick Waits   Drums,Vocals
Sonny Henry   Guitar
Jack Jennings   Percussion
Melvin Lastie   Cornet
Jose Mangual   Percussion
Victor Pantoja   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Bobby Rodriguez   Bass
John Rodriguez   Percussion
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga
Stanley Webb   Flute
Osvaldo Martinez   Percussion,Bongos,Vocals,Guiro
Jon Hart   Bass
Jim Phillips   Bass
Kenny Rogers   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Felix Wilkins   Flute,Vocals
Bobby Brown   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Hart   Bass

Technical Credits

Don Sebesky   Arranger
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Harry Elston   Composer
Sonny Henry   Arranger
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Melvin Lastie   Arranger
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger
Peter Pullman   Liner Notes,Notes Editing
Teddy Reig   Producer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Pete Spargo   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Suha Gur   Remixing
Frank Gargiulo   Art Direction
Patricia Lie   Art Direction
Philemon Hou   Composer

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