CAT # OJCCD-281-25
1. Que Maravilloso 2:43 2. En La Felicidad 2:04 3. Pachanga Pa Ti 2:21 4. Tuli Bamba 3:58 5. Mambo De Cuco 3:50 6. El Bote 3:47 7. Pito Pito 2:43 8. Guaguanco Mania 2:30 9. Ja, Ja-ja 3:00 10. Tula Hula 2:36 11. Dimelo 2:32 12. A La Luna Me Voy 3:00 13. Para Ti (Alternate) 6:02
In the early 1960s a geographically strange matching of Afro-Cuban music and San Francisco jazz occurred--mostly in the Treat Street headquarters and studios of Fantasy Records. The jazz axis of this strange revolution was Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria; revolving around the axis were Cal Tjader (particularly), Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete, and others. This recording is among the earliest-ever to attempt a display of the charanga instrumental and vocal approach to Cuban popular music. Also included: the mambo, pachanga, descarga. . . and some magnificent flute, trumpet, violin, saxophone, and (of course) percussion interludes. Besides Santamaria, such now-famed names as Pete Escovedo, Bayardo Velarde, Willie Bobo, and “El Flaco” Hernandez are in the ten-piece orchestra. This recording is as fresh--or fresher--today as it was 40 years ago.
with Felix "Pupi" Legarreta, José "Chombo" Silva, Rolando Lozano, Louis Valizán, Marcus Cabuto, René Hernandez, Willie Bobo, and others
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