Jazz Descargas

Jazz Descargas

by The Conga KingsThe Conga Kings


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Some artists go around calling themselves kings or queens when they haven't earned the title, but in the case of the Conga Kings -- Candido Camero, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, and Giovanni Hidalgo -- the word "king" isn't an exaggeration. These conga players really do have long and impressive resumes in the Afro-Cuban field; anyone who is seriously into salsa and Latin jazz should be familiar with their work. Recorded in 2000, Jazz Descargas isn't innovative or forward-thinking by 21st century standards -- most of their Latin jazz sounds like it could have been recorded in the 1950s or 1960s. But while this CD isn't experimental, it is definitely solid. Though few surprises occur, the Conga Kings are hard-swinging and infectious on Latin jazz staples like Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca," Chano Pozo's "Tin Tin Deo," and Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" (a gem that many rockers associate with Santana's hit remake of 1970). In Spanish, the word "descarga" refers to a Latin jam, and Jazz Descargas is an appropriate title for this release because the Conga Kings don't hesitate to give the horn players room to stretch out and improvise. The noteworthy soloists include, among others, trombonist Jimmy Bosch, trumpeter Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, and veteran alto saxophonist Phil Woods, who has some inspired moments on Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" and Bud Powell's "Un Poco Loco." All of those guests prove to be assets on this consistently pleasing, if derivative, effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2001
Label: Chesky Records
UPC: 0090368021724
catalogNumber: 217
Rank: 109220


  1. Un Poco Loco
  2. Tin Tin Deo
  3. Caravan
  4. Tumbao de Tamborito
  5. A Night in Tunisia
  6. Oye Como Va
  7. Manteca
  8. Conga Descarga
  9. The Peanut Vendor
  10. Chocolate Descarga

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Conga Kings   Primary Artist
Dizzy Gillespie   Track Performer
Giovanni Hidalgo   Conga
Chocolate   Trumpet
Chano Pozo   Track Performer
Chocolate Armenteros   Trumpet
Candido Camero   Conga
Guillermo Edghill   Bass
Joe Gonzalez   Percussion
Mike Ponella   Trumpet
Mario Rivera   Baritone Saxophone
Julio Salgado   Vocals
Mauricio Smith   Flute
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Bosch   Trombone
Enrique Fernandez   Alto Saxophone
Nelson Gonzalez   Tres
Pedro Martinez   Vocals
John Benthal   Guitar

Technical Credits

David Chesky   Producer
Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Norman Chesky   Executive Producer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Chip Stern   Liner Notes
Aldo Sampieri   Art Direction
Ray Santos   Arranger,Producer,Musical Director
Barry Wolifson   Engineer
Rick Eckerle   Engineer

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