(Book). Through anecdotal biographies and evocative photos, this book by jazz author extraordinaire Scott Yanow portrays every key Afro-Cuban Jazz innovator past and present, plus other jazz artists influenced by this infectious music. Also includes reviews and ratings of recordings that make (or don't make) the cut, and essays packed with historical insight not found in other guides. Musicians covered include: Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Willie Bobo, Machito, Poncho Sanchez, Chucho Valdes, Arturo Sandoval, Mongo Santamaria, Gato Barbieri, Eddie Palmieri, and many more.
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One must be a musician to write about music. Scott Yanow clearly is not.
Books dedicated to subjects such as Afro-Cuban Jazz (or Latin Jazz) are a rare find. Unfortunately, their is not alot out there on the subject. Afro Cuban Jazz by Scott Yanow is, in my opinion, a mini-course on the subject. It begins with an overview, has brief biographies on the major figures in the music, recommends (and rates) recordings and has interviews with four prominent musicians: Paquito D' Rivera, Danilo Perez, Jane Bunnet, etc. For anyone who is interested in Afro-Cuban jazz and needs a road map, this is it. Aficionado's will learn a few facts as well. Lots of information, well organized and easy to read.