Afro Blue: The Picante Collection

Afro Blue: The Picante Collection

by Mongo Santamaría


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Afro Blue: The Picante Collection

In assembling its own "Mongo's Greatest Hits" entry, Concord Picante had only a slim catalog of four albums, a narrow time frame, and one of Mongo's less incendiary phases to choose from. But they stuck with a purist concept, avoiding pop covers and experiments, targeting Mongo's vintage standards and numbers that conjure some of the old Afro-Cuban heat, and they came up with a nice overview of the Picante years. Whenever possible, we get authentic guajiras, mambos and guarachas, as well as the charanga-band sound that harkens back to Mongo's recordings of the 1950s -- all now in gleaming modern sound. Some of the highlights: the hypnotic Cuban voodoo-like incantation of "La Tumba," stimulating live renditions of "Manteca" and "Afro Blue," and pianist Charlie Palmieri's valedictory appearance with Mongo on "Mayeya." While this wouldn't qualify as the basic Mongo collection, you will still find it vastly entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/1997
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431478126
catalogNumber: 4781

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mongo Santamaría   Primary Artist,Conga
Charlie Palmieri   Piano
Marty Sheller   Conductor
Eddie Allen   Trumpet
Mitch Frohman   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Sam Furnace   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Claudia Gomez   Background Vocals
Humberto "Nengue" Hernandez   Percussion,Bongos
Ray Martinez   Bass
Bernie Minoso   Bass,Background Vocals
Angelo-Mark Pagen   Background Vocals
Bobby Porcelli   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Bob Quaranta   Piano
Piro Rodriguez   Trumpet
Pablo Rosario   Percussion,Bongos
Steve Thornton   Percussion
Merceditas Valdés   Background Vocals
Ada Chabrier   Background Vocals
Eddie Rodrigues   Percussion,Bongos,Vocals,Background Vocals
Valtinho   Percussion
Ray Vega   Percussion,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Background Vocals
Denice Nortez Wiener   Background Vocals
Tony Hinson   Tenor Saxophone
Luís Céspedes   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Allen Farnham   Producer
Marty Sheller   Arranger
Eddie Allen   Arranger
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Carl Jefferson   Producer,Executive Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Ray Martinez   Arranger
Nick Phillips   Producer
Bob Quaranta   Arranger
Mongo Santamaría   Arranger
Ed Trabanco   Producer,Engineer
Kent Judkins   Art Direction
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Carl E. Jefferson   Producer
Eddie J. Allen   Composer

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