by Mongo Santamaría


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A CD reissue of a mid-'70s repackaging of Mongo Santamaria's first two Fantasy albums, 1958's Yambu and 1959's Mongo, Afro-Roots is superb Latin jazz. Although these were Santamaria's first albums as a leader, the conga player had already worked with Pérez Prado, Tito Puente, and Cal Tjader, giving him absolutely impeccable Latin jazz credentials to go along with his obviously amazing chops. Considering that these albums were recorded for a general jazz audience and the tight, concise arrangements don't allow Santamaria room to stretch out as he did in concert (most of the songs are in the two- to three-minute range), Afro-Roots is still an impressively genuine album; although the '50s were the age of Martin Denny-style exotica kitsch, most of these tracks are extremely traditional Cuban music. Some, like "Bata" and "Timbales y Bongo," are simply hypnotic solos on the titular instruments, while others are traditional Afro-Cuban folk songs and chants. The delightful original "Afro Blue," which quickly became a Latin jazz standard, almost sounds out of place in this setting.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/11/1989
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0025218541824
catalogNumber: 24018
Rank: 52297


  1. Afro Blue
  2. Che-Que-Re-Que-Che-Que
  3. Rezo
  4. Ayenye
  5. Onyae
  6. Bata
  7. Meta Rumba
  8. Chano Pozo
  9. Los Conguitos
  10. Monte Adentro
  11. Imaribayo
  12. Mazacote
  13. Ye Ye
  14. Congobel
  15. Macunsere
  16. Timbales Y Bongo
  17. Yambu
  18. Bricamo
  19. Longoito
  20. Conga Pa Gozar
  21. Columbia

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mongo Santamaría   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga
Paul Horn   Flute
Vince Guaraldi   Piano
Armando Peraza   Percussion,Conga
Jerry Rivera   Percussion,Vocals
McKibbon   Bass
Francisco Aguabella   Percussion,Conga
Willie Bobo   Timbales
Juan Cheda   Percussion,Vocals
Israel DelPino   Vocals
Modesto Duran   Percussion,Conga
Jose Gamboa   Percussion,Vocals,Tres
Mercedes Hernandez   Vocals
Pablo Mozo   Percussion,Stick,Triangle,cowbell
Emil Richards   Vibes
Jose Silva   Tenor Saxophone
Cal Tjader   Vibes
Carlos Vidal   Percussion,Conga

Technical Credits

Paul Horn   Contributor
Vince Guaraldi   Contributor
Armando Peraza   Contributor
Jerry Rivera   Contributor
McKibbon   Contributor
Francisco Aguabella   Contributor
Juan Cheda   Contributor
Israel DelPino   Contributor
Modesto Duran   Contributor
Jose Gamboa   Contributor
Mercedes Hernandez   Contributor
Pablo Mozo   Contributor
Emil Richards   Contributor
Mongo Santamaría   Contributor
Cal Tjader   Contributor
Carlos Vidal   Contributor
Chombo Silva   Contributor
Ralph J. Gleason   Liner Notes
Tony Lane   Art Direction

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