Bobby Montez (vib, p), Carlos Ortega Avelar (p, vib), Jimmy Baiz, Rubén Provencio (b), Miguel Gutierrez, Louis Miranda, Ray Rivera (perc)
Reference: BMCD 904
Bar code: 8427328009041
· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit
For years, the Bobby Montez Quintet was one of the best Latin Jazz groups on the West Coast. A short time after the quintet was formed in 1956, they became the house band of the tiny “M” Club in East Los Angeles.
Their success awoke the interest of such popular L.A. venues as the Crescendo, Melody Room, Interlude, and Latin Quarter, where they eventually made the delight of their Latin jazz audience in the late 50s and early 60s, and spurred the Sunday night dance sessions at the famous Palladium ballroom.
Montez believed that VIVA! MONTEZ —the second album on this compilation— represented “our best interpretations of Mambo and Cha-Cha-Cha to date.” For the leader, his chief aim from the beginning was to find a modern approach to Latin music. In his own words, “this, and the full utilization of vocal sounds combined with the instrumentation, has been and still is of great importance to me and my music.”
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