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Voodoo Suite/Exotic Suite of the Americas

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051154639
  • Catalog Number: 15463

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 & His Stradivarius Violin 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
Al 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
Al 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 Jr. Producer
Bob Jones Mastering
Peter Grendysa Liner Notes
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
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