Havana Big Band Sound! (4 LP on 2 CDs) Digifile
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Antobal's Cuban All Stars

Havana Big Band Sound! (4 LP on 2 CDs) Digifile

Blue Moon 800 Series

Personnel:
Peruchín, René Hernández, Chico O'Farrill, Obdulio Morales (arr, dir), Alejandro 'El Negro' Vivar, Leonardo Timor, Alfredo 'Chocolate' Armenteros, Domingo Corbacho (tp), Antonio Linares, Generoso 'El Tojo' Giménez (tb), Santiago Peñalver, Amado Valdés, 'Eddy' Escrich, Rafael 'El Cabito' Quesada (as), Osvaldo Peñalver (fl), Emilio Peñalver, Pedro Chao (ts), Osvaldo Urrutia 'Mosquitín' (bs), 'Felo' Hernández (b), Guillermo Barreto (d), Marcelino Valdés, Giraldo Rodríguez, Oscar Valdés (perc), 'Justico' Antobal (maracas), Raúl Azpiazu, Gina Martín, Roberto Cordero (vcl)

Reference: BMCD 898_2

Bar code: 8427328008983

· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digifile
· 4 Original LPs on 2 CD
· Original Cover Art and New Liner Notes
· Hi Fi / Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit

Eusebio Santiago Azpiazu (1981-1966)—brother of famed bandleader Don Azpiazu— adopted the name Mario Antobal when he became his brother’s manager and producer. When his brother stopped playing, Mario decided to start a dance band of his own called Antobal’s Cubans, which became highly successful during the Great Depression (1932-1937). Together with his wife the celebrated songwriter Marion Sunshine, he dedicated the next few years to build his musical publishing house, and in 1959 he continued his work as a producer. He launched a series of orchestral albums aimed at the US market and featuring the best musicians in Cuba. It was an All-Star band under the direction of Obdulio Morales, the world-renowned composer, who also contributed as one of Antobal’s arrangers along with Chico O’Farrill, Peruchín, Gilberto Valdés, and René Hernández, the best in the field. There were no better soloists in the island, and they handled their excellent arrangements in an exciting fashion. These four albums “Ay Caramba!”, “Agua! Agua!”, “Día de Reyes” and “Mango Mangué,” bring us the best of the dance rhythms of Havana with the big band sound of Antobal’s Cuban All-Stars!

Tracklist

Sample this album
Disc 1
Disc 2
Total time: 122:20 min.


CD 1
01. DAME EL BURURÚ (Morales-Sunshine) Guaracha 2:26
02. MAMBO EN FA (Morales-Sunshine) Mambo 2:43
03. MI DESPEDIDA (Morales-Sunshine) Guajira-Afro 2:19
04. HAVE YOU SEEN MY LOVE (Morales-Sunshine) Guaracha 2:28
05. ESTE E’ MI MAMBO (Pedro Justiz) Mambo 2:45
06. KEEP AWAY, SEÑORES, KEEP AWAY! (Morales-Sunshine) Guajira-Mambo 2:28
07. SUBE ESPUMA (Morales-Sunshine) Afro-Mambo 2:20
08. AY, CARAMBA, CHA-CHA-CHÁ (Morales-Sunshine) Danzón Cha-Cha-Chá 2:42
09. UN VIEJO BALCÓN (Morales-Sunshine) Beguine-Bolero 2:52
10. MAMBO HABANERO (Hernández-Azpiazu-Sunshine) Mambo 2:44
11. OLELÉ (Obdulio Morales) Afro-Pregón 2:38
12. YA EMPEZÓ (Morales-Sunshine) Bembó 2:44
13. ¡AGUA! ¡AGUA! (Chico O’Farrill) Rumba 2:49
14. GÚE-LE-LE (Morales-Sunshine) Afro 2:11
15. MAMBO MAMBÍ (Hernández-Bauzá-Sunshine) Mambo 2:21
16. MY CUBAN SOMBRERO (Daly-Sunshine) Guajira Cha-Cha-Chá 2:31
17. MAMÁ TERESA (Marion Sunshine) Guaracha 2:10
18. CUBAN BLUES (Marion Sunshine) Habanera–Beguine 3:08
19. LOS TIMBALES (Blanco Leonard-Sunshine) Rumba 2:11
20. BATAMÚ (Guerra-Blanco) Afro 2:30
21. CREO EN TI (Morales-Sunshine) Cha-Cha-Chá 2:52
22. MAMBO TROPICAL (Eduardo Kent) Mambo 2:40
23. THAT CUBAN CHA-CHA-CHA (Fields-Sunshine) Cha-Cha-Chá 2:24
24. CHUPA-CHUPA (Mario Antobal) Afro-Rumba 2:31

CD 2
01. TUMBAO CUBANO (Pedro Justiz) Tumbao 2:21
02. DÍA DE REYES (Morales-Sunshine) Conga 2:43
03. GENARO TUMBÓ A LA MULA (Mario Pimienta) Guaracha 2:40
04. UNA VEZ EN LA VIDA (Melis-Merino) Bolero 2:58
05. UN CHA-CHA (Raúl Azpiazu) Cha-Cha-Chá 2:49
06. FUE EN EL ÁFRICA (Cosme-Sunshine) Afro-Son 2:50
07. LA REFORMA AGRARIA VA (Pedro Justiz) Guajira 2:34
08. TAMBORES AFRICANOS (Blanco Leonard-Sunshine) Guaracha 2:05
09. IMPROVISANDO CHA-CHA (Pedro Justiz) Cha-Cha-Chá 2:31
10. DAME GUARACHA (Raúl Azpiazu) Guaracha 2:39
11. LOS BARBUDOS (Gilberto Valdés) Danzón 4:07
12. MAMÁ, YO QUIERO CHA-CHA (Marion Sunshine) Cha-Cha-Chá 2:33
13. MANGO-MANGUÉ (Valdés-Sunshine) Rumba-Pregón 2:24
14. NUNCA MÁS (Del Pino-Sunshine-Noto) Bolero 2:30
15. LOS FEOS PÁ LA COCINA (Obdulio Morales) Guaracha 2:29
16. TROMPETA EN GUAPACHÁ (Obdulio Morales) Cha-Cha-Chá 2:45
17. AYER Y HOY (Obdulio Morales) Danzón 3:48
18. PATRULLA JUVENIL (Israel López) Cha-Cha-Chá 3:00
19. CACARECO (Morales-Sunshine) Guaracha 2:48
20. PENUMBRA (Morales-Sunshine) Afro 2:18
21. KI-KU-KI-KAN (Raúl Azpiazu) Son Cha-Cha-Chá 2:28
22. TUMBA QUE TUMBA (Morales-Sunshine) Rumba 2:31

Album details

Arrangements by Peruchín, René Hernández, Chico O'Farrill & Obdulio Morales

Antobal's Cuban All Stars' renowmned soloists includes Alejandro 'El Negro' Vivar, Alfredo 'Chocolate' Armenteros, Generoso 'El Tojo' Giménez, 'Felo' Hernández & Guillermo Barreto.

Collective personnel includes:
Alejandro 'El Negro' Vivar, Leonardo Timor, Alfredo 'Chocolate' Armenteros, Domingo Corbacho (tp), Antonio Linares, Generoso 'El Tojo' Giménez (tb), Santiago Peñalver, Amado Valdés, 'Eddy' Escrich, Rafael 'El Cabito' Quesada (as), Osvaldo Peñalver (fl), Emilio Peñalver, Pedro Chao (ts), Osvaldo Urrutia 'Mosquitín' (bs), Pedro Justiz 'Peruchín' (p), 'Felo' Hernández (b), Guillermo Barreto (d), Marcelino Valdés, Giraldo Rodríguez, Oscar Valdés (perc), 'Justico' Antobal (maracas), Raúl Azpiazu, Gina Martín, Roberto Cordero (vcl).
All recordings made in Havana, Cuba, 1958-1960

New liner notes by Jordi Pujol
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Hi Fi / Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

Press reviews

"You could make a credible argument that Latin Music from Cuba and Brazil essentially saved jazz in the 50s and 60s from becoming a sterile collection of musical naval gazing by injecting a new and fresh sense of pulsations and rhythms. This release from Blue Moon Records is a must-have to your collection of albums saved for Cruise Night.

Eusebio Santiag Azpiazu (1891-1966), better known as Maro Antobal teamed with his brother and bandleader Don Azpiazu to put together a sizzling big band in his home town of Havana, Cuba. This two disc set is a torrid affair of “Antobal’s Cuban All Stars” under the direction of Obdulio Morales, featuring arrangements by the likes of Chico O’Farrill,” Gilberto Valdes and Rene Hernandez. The sessions from 1958-60 in smoky Havana are scorching hot, with relentless grooves on “Mmbo En Fa,” “Mambo Tripical” and sizzling percussion during “Los Timbales.” Passionate vocals by Raul Azpiazu (“Dame El Bururu”), Gina Martin (“Tambores Africanos”) and Roberto Cordero (“Gue-Le-Le” & Batamu”) create a sweaty and smoky atmosphere that is palpable, while the extroverted horns blister during the relentless “Tumbao Cubano” and “Cuban Blues.” This set has more of a wallop than Café Bustelo and smokes better than a Montecristo!"

George W. Harris (July 22, 2019)
http://www.jazzweekly.com

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