by Machito


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Machito's big band was one of the first and best exponents of Afro-Cuban jazz as we know it today. This 1957 effort focuses more on the African side of the Afro-Cuban equation; the album title/concept was chosen because Kenya represented the "New Africa" at the time, which dovetailed nicely with the new sounds Machito and company were laying down. The set opens with the heady rush of "Wild Jungle," a frenetic rumba with staccato horn punctuation cutting up the time atop a bed of fierce polyrhythmic percussion. The substantially more sedate title cut pursues a more conventional jazz melodic line until the coda, where a frantic rumba is again introduced to crank the tension level back up. "Oyeme" is a lesson in the possibilities of Afro-Cuban modality, as the rhythm and melodic variations are all wrung over a static, one-chord harmonic framework. The appropriately titled "Frenzy" makes good use of Machito's percussion section, pitting brass interjections over some unfettered percussive fury. Kenya's contrast between Machito's Afro-Cuban soundscapes and the solos of legendary U.S. jazzmen Cannonball Adderly and Doc Cheatham makes for a swirling stew of jazz con clave that no aficionado should be without.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2000
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0724352266821
catalogNumber: 226682

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Machito   Primary Artist,Leader,Maracas,Bandleader
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Candido Camero   Conga
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Paul Cohen   Trumpet
René Hernández   Piano
Jose Madera   Tenor Saxophone
Jose Mangual   Bongos
Rex Peer   Trombone
Roberto Rodriguez   Bass
Jose Silva   Percussion
Bart Varsalona   Trombone
Leslie Johnakins   Baritone Saxophone
Paquito Davilla   Trumpet
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Pedro "Puchi" Boulong   Percussion
Joe Livramento   Trumpet
Ray Santos   Tenor Saxophone
Santo Russo   Trombone

Technical Credits

Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Ahmad Kharab Salim   Arranger
Chano Pozo   Composer
Mario Bauzá   Arranger,Director
René Hernández   Arranger
J.J. Johnson   Composer

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