Tremendo Cumban

Machito

Tremendo Cumban

Tumbao Cuban Classics

Personnel:
Mario Bauza (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Lennie Hambro, Jose Madera, Gene Johnson (saxes), René Hernández (p), Bobby Rodriguez (b), José Mangual, Luis Miranda, Ubaldo Nieto (perc), Graciela (vcl)

Reference: TCD004

Bar code: 8427328110044

Tracklisting:

01. Tremendo Cumban
02. Holiday Mambo
03. Bongo Fiesta
04. Donde Estabas Tu
05. Adios
06. Beerebee Cum Bee
07. Mambo Inn
08. Hay Que Recordar
09. Carambola
10. Ay Que Mate
11. Mambo Mania
12. Si o No
13. Mambo A La Savoy
14. Contigo En La Distancia
15. Zambia Machito
16. Oboe Mambo
17. Negro Ñañamboro
18. Tu Felicidad
19. Freezelandia
20. Blen Blen Blen

All tracks recorded in New York City, 1949-1952


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Review:

"Among top Latin jazz and mambo innovators of the 1940s like Perez Prado, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodriguez, Machito was the one who most heeded the call of bebop. With the encouragement of trumpeter and brother-in-law Mario Bauza, Machito collaborated with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, enlisted the talents of bebop luminaries like Howard McGhee and Brew Moore for live shows, and eventually worked with future modern jazz stars such as Cannonball Adderley and Johnny Griffin. Comprised of recordings from Machito's prime period of 1949-1952, Tremendo Cuban! makes the bebop connection explicit with covers of both the Gillespie and Chico O'Farrill classic "Carambola" and Bauza and Edgar Sampson's bop favorite "Mambo Inn." Strains of bebop are also heard in the frenetic and heady arrangements used on both "Bongo Fiesta" and a cover of Chano Pozo's Latin jazz perennial "Blen, Blen, Blen." (It was Pozo, in fact, who teamed up with Gillespie for groundbreaking Afro-Cuban jazz numbers like "Manteca," "Cubana Be," and "Cubana Bop.")

Rounding out this fine set are straight-ahead mambo cuts like "Mambo Mucho Mambo," Latin pop excursions such as "Mambo la Savoy" (featuring a velvety chorus straight out of a Glenn Miller arrangement), and several entertaining vocal numbers by Machito's sister Graciela Perez. And with Machito's own fine vocals and the stellar backing of his 20-piece band topping things off, this disc qualifies an essential title for fans of the king of mambo-bebop."

Stephen Cook -All Music Guide
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$16.44  (tax incl.)

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