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The Rough Guide to Mambo

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Still following up a trend of Cuban music, the Rough Guide compilers have put together a fine collection of mambos, classic and new. The album opens up with a piece from the U.K. salsa craze and Snowboy, one of the revivalists on the scene. Quickly taking a turn for the older, the album picks out a classic Tito Puente tune from the '50s, then hits on Mario Bauza's big band mambo before moving to the best in Anglo-Latin music with an old piece of mambo-jazz fusion from Cal Tjader's vibes. The Puerto Rican pianist Noro Morales has a nice piece thrown in with his short-lived orchestra, and another piece from the U.K. dance scene is contributed by Bobby Matos and John ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Still following up a trend of Cuban music, the Rough Guide compilers have put together a fine collection of mambos, classic and new. The album opens up with a piece from the U.K. salsa craze and Snowboy, one of the revivalists on the scene. Quickly taking a turn for the older, the album picks out a classic Tito Puente tune from the '50s, then hits on Mario Bauza's big band mambo before moving to the best in Anglo-Latin music with an old piece of mambo-jazz fusion from Cal Tjader's vibes. The Puerto Rican pianist Noro Morales has a nice piece thrown in with his short-lived orchestra, and another piece from the U.K. dance scene is contributed by Bobby Matos and John Santos. After a short look at contemporary North American mambo via Mamborama, the album moves back to the classic era with a sparser number from Pérez Prado, the godfather of the form, and a nice bit from Bebo Valdés Chucho's father and a top-rate pianist in his own right and his fine big band. Old Beverly Hills bongo player for the stars, Jack Costanzo, has a number from his long-delayed comeback stretch, Harlem-based Eddie Palmieri throws in something thumping and somewhat Puerto Rican-tinged from his recent Ritmo Caliente album, and a venerable classic from Xavier Cugat is presented. Following Cugat is another of the earliest and brightest stars of mambo, Machito, with his hit "Ritmo Pa' Gozar." Cal Tjader's old sidekick, and conga star in his own right Poncho Sanchez contributes a piece, New Yorker Manny Oquendo tosses in some mambo-son combination, the multinational Orquesta Tabaco y Ron performs some salsa-mambo fusion, and the album closes on the Columbian salsa star Fruko stretching his boundaries a bit. The music is always hot here, with top-notch performances from all involved. Ultimately, the new stuff is a nice addition to the mix, but the real treat of the album is the inclusion of all the classic performers and performances in one place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633113624
  • Catalog Number: 331136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mambo Rage @@ Snowboy & The Latin Section
  2. 2 Mambo Lenko @@ Tito Puente & His Orchestra
  3. 3 Mambo @@ Mario Bauza
  4. 4 Mambo Macumba @@ Cal Tjader
  5. 5 Mambo Coco @@ Noro Morales And His Orchestra
  6. 6 I Don’t Speak Spanish…(But I Understand Everything When I’m Dancing) @@ Bobby Matos & John Santos
  7. 7 Night of the Living Mambo @@ Mamborama
  8. 8 Mama y Tata @@ Pérez Prado & His Orchestra
  9. 9 Sasuama @@ Bebo Valdés Y Su Orquesta Sabor De Cuba
  10. 10 Mambo Costanzo @@ Jack Costanzo
  11. 11 La Voz Del Caribe @@ Eddie Palmieri
  12. 12 Ay Ay Ay @@ Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra Mambo
  13. 13 Ritmo Pa’ Gozar @@ Machito & His Orchestra
  14. 14 Ican @@ Poncho Sanchez
  15. 15 Chiquilla Ideal @@ Manny Oquendo & Libre
  16. 16 Que Se Sepa (Tabaco Y Ron ‘Ta En La Casa’) @@ Orquesta Tabaco Y Ron
  17. 17 Mambo No. 5 @@ Fruko Y Sus Tesos
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Noro Morales Composer
Tito Puente Composer
Xavier Cugat Composer
Bill Wolfer Composer
Eddie Cano Composer
Mario Bauzá Composer
Lawrence Cedar Mastering
Bobby Matos Composer, Contributor
Manny Oquendo Composer
Eddie Palmieri Composer
Snowboy Contributor
Cal Tjader Composer, Contributor
Phil Stanton Producer
Delia Arias Composer
Justi Barreto Composer
Wildcat Artwork
Mamborama Contributor
Mike Chadwick Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Villegas Editores Back Cover
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