Viva Cubop!: Jazz the Afro-Cuban Way

Viva Cubop!: Jazz the Afro-Cuban Way

     
 

San Francisco's Ubiquity label launched CuBop in 1995, well ahead of the Latin music mania that's gripped the nation since the release of BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB. Dedicated to only the roughest Latin jazz music, CuBop's consistently offered blazing performances by an ever-growing stable of players that spans generations. This millennial collection presents veterans… See more details below

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San Francisco's Ubiquity label launched CuBop in 1995, well ahead of the Latin music mania that's gripped the nation since the release of BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB. Dedicated to only the roughest Latin jazz music, CuBop's consistently offered blazing performances by an ever-growing stable of players that spans generations. This millennial collection presents veterans like Francisco Aguabella, the Cuban conguero who emigrated to the U.S. in the '60s to back up Katherine Dunham and Dizzy Gillespie: His "Asi Son Bronco" shines. Then there are new voices like Johnny Blas and the U.K.'s Snowboy, two percussionists who keep the rhythms hard while their groups stretch out. As an imprint of a rare-groove label, CuBop's always had a healthy respect for occult slabs of funky vinyl, borne out by their rediscovery of the Har-You Percussion Group (a '60s Latin jazz youth orchestra) and promotion of Henry "Pucho" Brown (of veteran boogaloo act the Latin Soul Brothers). Looking back and looking forward, VIVA CUBOP! is an exciting mix from an excellent Latin jazz source.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
One of the brightest lights in the '90s Afro-Cuban jazz scene, Cubop sports great recordings from several generations of Latin jazz musicians (from the '50s to the '90s), including Francisco Aguabella, Pucho, Bobby Matos, Snowboy, and the Afro-Rican Ensemble. Viva Cubop! compiles the best tracks from Cubop's artists, most recorded in the late '90s. Though there's an ineffable feeling that these artists are looking back to the '60s and '70s (given the acid jazz orientation of Cubop's mother label, Ubiquity), they're no less brilliant for it. Bobby Matos' sublime cover of "The Creator Has a Master Plan" is one of the best ever of an often-covered song, and "Malanga" by Cuban Roots is a dense, percussion-heavy reworking of a track originally recorded on one of the great forgotten Latin jazz albums of the '60s, 1967's Cuban Roots. There are many other excellent contributions, including Pucho's "Descarga on Las Palmas," Johnny Blas' cover of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower," and Snowboy's "Tierra Va Tamblar."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
Label:
Cubop Records
UPC:
0780661502326

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kim Pensyl   Trumpet
Charles Owens   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers   Track Performer
Willie Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Afro Rican   Track Performer
Nico Gomez   Bass
Papo Vazquez   Trombone,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Francisco Aguabella   Percussion,Conga,Track Performer
David Belove   Bass
John Calloway   Piano
Tony Canty   Background Vocals
Ramon Flores   Trumpet
Richie Flores   Conga
Lazaro Galarraga   Conga,Quinto
Johnny Griggs   Conga
Maisha Grimes   Background Vocals
Darrell Harris   Vocals
Humberto "Nengue" Hernandez   Claves
Marvin Horne   Guitar
Gordon Jones   Timbales
Nick Kirksey   Piano,Vocals
Melecio Magdaluyo   Flute
Luis Malespin   Bass
Bobby Matos   Timbales,Background Vocals,Voices,Track Performer,Bata,Coro,Guiro
Indio Moret   Conga,Drums
Arturo Ortiz   Choir, Chorus
Stafford Osborne   Trumpet
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas   Drums,Timbales
Dave Pattman   Bongos,Claves,Quinto,cowbell,Guiro
Ed Pazant   Flute,Saxophone
Carlos Puerto   Bass
Tom Regis   Piano
Danny Robinson   Background Vocals
John Santos   Conga,Chekere,Track Performer,Bata
Snowboy   Conga,Track Performer,Udu
John Spruill   Piano
Rev. Ron Stallings   Soprano Saxophone
Andre Strobert   Drums
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Orestes Vilató   Timbales
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Dan Weinstein   Trombone
Mark Weinstein   Flute,Alto Flute
Paul van Wageningen   Drums
Johnny Blas   Track Performer
Ernesto "Ernie" Colon   Bongos
Jon Hart   Bass
William King   Conga
Pucho   Timbales
John Santos & the Machete Ensemble   Track Performer
Har-You Percussion Group   Track Performer
Andy Gonzales   Acoustic Bass
Arturo O'Farrill   Piano,Choir, Chorus
Davide Giovanni   Drums,Timbales,Vocals
Paul Jayasinha   Trumpet
David "Mousie" Edmead   Piano
Gary Plumley   Tenor Saxophone
Antonio Santa Cruz   Vocals,cowbell
Omar Sosa   Piano
Neil Angilley   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Antoine Caito   Bongos,Quinto,Ampeg Baby Bass
Victor Cegarra   Piano
Myles Matthews   Bongos,Timbales
Nelson Sanamiago   Alto Saxophone
Dennis Taitt   Guitar
John Moody   Electric Bass
Allen Ray   Flute
Robertito Melendez   Conga,Coro
Cuban Roots   Track Performer
Manny Silvera   Bass,Coro
Joeseph Jimenez   Claves
Joffre Marchand   Trumpet
Sam "Seguito" Turner   Conga,Timbales
Tony Batista   Bass
Edwin Blas   Trombone
Ismel (East) Carlo   Vocals,Coro
Jose "Joey" de Leon   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Steve Ferguson   Bass Trombone
Tyrone Govan   Drums
Mark Guiterrez   Guitar
Kerry Loeschen   Trombone
Greg Loughman   Claves
Rolando Matias   Timbales
Ed Moed   Piano
Jose Nelson   Latin Percussion
Keith Newton   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Perez   Bass
Phoenix Rivers   Drums
Angelito Rodriguez   Timbales,Guira,Cascara,Tambor
Humberto Ruiz   Trombone
Robert Sancho   Choir, Chorus
Isaac Smith   Trombone
Louis Turre   Tenor Saxophone
Cecilio"Valdez" Washington   Conga
Paul Taylor   Trombone

Technical Credits

Ed Pazant   Contributor

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