Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits

Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits

by Mongo Santamaría

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Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits

Some would say the title of this package is deceptive, as it only covers his mid- to late-'60s period with Columbia (and should not be confused with other Mongo Santamaria releases with similar titles covering different eras, such as Fantasy's). Furthermore, some would also say that it's not representative of Santamaria's best work, or that representative of Santamaria at all, since it's largely devoted to some of his most pop-oriented material. That's the purist stance, anyway. Because actually, this disc is for the most part a gas, even if it is not among the more Latin-esque or jazzy of his recordings. His Columbia stint saw the influence of soul become ascendant upon his studio output and indeed, many of the tunes here are soul covers: "Cloud Nine," "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," "Twenty-Five Miles," "Cold Sweat," and "Green Onions." Being commercial, however -- and this was an attempt by Santamaria and Columbia to be commercial, as both Santamaria and producer David Rubinson state in the liner notes -- does not always lead to bad music. Sometimes, indeed, it leads to pretty good music. And the 1964-1969 cuts on this disc are cool, often smokin' boogaloo, that mixture of Latin, jazz, soul, and pop that briefly became in vogue during the '60s. If Mongo and his large bands were disenchanted with this direction, it certainly doesn't show at all in the performances, which have an irresistible verve, whether on tailored-for-Santamaria compositions like "Fatback" or shopworn material like "La Bamba."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074640106026
catalogNumber: 1060

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mongo Santamaría   Primary Artist,Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Wayne Henderson   Trombone
Sandra Crouch   Tambourine
Hadley Caliman   Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Fortune   Flute,Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Hubert Laws   Flute,Reeds,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Luis Gasca   Trumpet,Soloist
Marty Sheller   Trumpet,Conductor
William Allen   Bass
Steve Berrios   Timbales,Latin Percussion
Julio Collazo   Latin Percussion
Joe Farrell   Tenor Saxophone
Hungria Garcia   Drums,Timbales
Rodgers Grant   Piano
Arthur Kaplan   Baritone Saxophone
Raymond Maldonado   Trumpet,Latin Percussion
Bobby Porcelli   Flute,Saxophone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Mauricio Smith   Flute,Saxophone
Victor Venegas   Bass
Charlie Owens   Tenor Saxophone
Osvaldo Martinez   Latin Percussion
Fred Hill   Trumpet
Cuco Martinez   Percussion
Bobby Capers   Flute,Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Edwin Starr   Composer
Valerie Capers   Arranger,Composer
Herbie Hancock   Arranger,Composer
Hubert Laws   Arranger
Pee Wee Ellis   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Marty Sheller   Arranger
William Allen   Arranger,Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Rodgers Grant   Arranger
Billy Jackson   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Robert Mersey   Producer
David Rubinson   Producer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Ritchie Valens   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Arlester "Dyke" Christian   Composer
Warren Vincent   Producer
Fred Binkley   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzon   Art Direction
Gerald Wexler   Composer
Bobby Capers   Arranger,Composer

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