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Voodoo Suite/Exotic Suite of the Americas
     

Voodoo Suite/Exotic Suite of the Americas

by Pérez Prado
 
The pairing of Perez Prado's two orchestral tone poems on one CD is something of an occasion to celebrate. Recorded seven years apart, The Voodoo Suite and The Exotic Suite of the Americas are the defining moments in Prado's long career as king of the mambo. Though The Voodoo Suite, with its larger-than-life orchestra -- six saxophones, three

Overview

The pairing of Perez Prado's two orchestral tone poems on one CD is something of an occasion to celebrate. Recorded seven years apart, The Voodoo Suite and The Exotic Suite of the Americas are the defining moments in Prado's long career as king of the mambo. Though The Voodoo Suite, with its larger-than-life orchestra -- six saxophones, three trombones, seven drummers, six trumpets, and more -- was equal parts a Latin dance band and a jazz orchestra, its tight charts by Shorty Rogers made it a dramatic beast to wrestle and a sublime one to listen to. For all the critics who had discussed Prado in the derogatory, The Voodoo Suite gave them something to listen to, because here was the first popular attempt at the marriage of Cuban, African, and jazz elementals ever attempted in a work that was essentially for the general populace a mood record. The loping horn arrangements, bluesy solos, and hypnotic drumming took it outside the realm of mood music and placed it squarely into the camp of progressive big band jazz. To prove it was no fluke, the original album was rounded out with the other tracks that appear here from another session: "St. James Infirmary," "In the Mood," "I Can't Get Started," and others which burned the Latin jazz flame just as bright. On The Exotic Suite of the Americas, Prado took a decidedly more laid-back approach and made his score more cinematic in scope and tone. Relying deeply on textured strings and found-sound objects to accent the jazz orchestra, this is 16 minutes of pure, exotic ecstasy. And again, Prado, always wanting to round out his records and give the paying customer something to sink his butt into, offered mambo renditions of "Son of a Gun," "El Relicario," "Midnight in Jamaica," and more from another session later in 1962. The folks at Bear Family have done a fine job remastering the original tapes and assembling the greatest-ever statements by Prado. This is essential.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/1994
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127154637
catalogNumber:
15463
Rank:
93563

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pérez Prado   Primary Artist,Leader
Ray Barretto   Percussion,Latin Percussion
Johnny Pacheco   Percussion,Latin Percussion
George Barnes   Guitar
Dick Hyman   Piano
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Mike Pacheco   Drums
Willie Rodriguez   Percussion,Latin Percussion
Dick Kesner   Violin
Shorty Rogers   Trumpet
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Saxophone
Robert Alexander   Trombone
Don Arnone   Guitar
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Steve Barrios   Percussion,Latin Percussion
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Harry Betts   Trombone
Maurice Bialkin   Cello
Frederick Buldrini   Violin
Juan Cheda   Bongos
Sid Cooper   Saxophone
George Devens   Percussion
Arnold Eidus   Violin
Lewis Eley   Violin
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Emanuel Green   Violin
Ernie Hayes   Percussion,Piano
Max Hollander   Violin
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Charles Libove   Violin
Buddy Lucas   Saxophone
Willie Maiden   Saxophone
Joseph Malignaggi   Violin
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Raoul Poliakin   Violin
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Alan Raph   Trombone
Clyde Reasinger   Trumpet
Abraham Richman   Saxophone
Rudnitsky   Violin
Sol Schlinger   Baritone Saxophone
Clifford Shank   Saxophone
Harvey Shapiro   Cello
Alan Shulman   Cello
Sylvan Shulman   Violin
David Soyer   Cello
Bob Tricarico   Saxophone
Carlos Vidal   Drums
Jack Zayde   Violin
Julius Brand   Violin
Rene Bloch   Saxophone
Don Tosti   Bass
Bill Castagnino   Trumpet
Bill Regis   Trumpet
Don Robinson   Saxophone
Frank Saracco   Trombone
Walt Stuart   Trumpet
Tommy Mitchell   Trombone
Henry Freeman   Saxophone
Don Dennis   Trumpet
Chernet   Guitar
Robert Cooper   Saxophone
Joe Colvin   Trombone
Shelly Mampe   Drums
Jacques Margolias   Violin
Tibor Shik   French Horn
Louis Valizán   Trumpet
Ray Vasquera   Drums
Blas Vasques   Saxophone
Rolf Erickson   Trumpet
Estephan Valera   Drums
Maurice Wilk   Violin
Carl Sanofsky   Violin
Modesto Martinez   Drums
Aladdin Pallante   Violin
Charles Bilek   Violin
Arnold Hicks   Violin
James Hill   Trombone
W. Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Eddie Gomez   Drums

Technical Credits

Herman Diaz   Producer
Peter Grendysa   Liner Notes
Hoffmann Nienburg   Artwork
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer

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