31 December 2006
MONTEGO JOE - ARRIBA ! CON MONTEGO JOE
Here's the last block rockin' party post for New Years Eve - Montegoe Joe gets hard n heavy for Prestige from 1965.This one is the perfect mix of afro cuban rhythms and jazz. Here's a review from good ole Dusty Groove
A supremely rare Latin side on Prestige -featuring congolero Montego Joe, who was the guiding force behind the Har-You Percussion Ensemble, and so many other great groups. The album's a striking batch of tracks that perfectly illustrate how strongly the New York Latin scene was at the crossroads of jazz -as Joe's group features work by young modernists Chick Corea and Milford Graves, plus tenor work by Al Gibbons, trumpet by Lenny Goines, and bass by Eddie Gomez. Tracks have a tightly jazzy sound that goes a bit towards the "groovy" edge in parts -but which is always highly percussive at all times, and well-directed by Rudy Stevenson, who was the leader of the group.
This ones ripped from the cd re-issue at 320 although I was lucky enough to blag an original vinyl copy many years ago-thanks Kev !!!
I'm off out now for a night on the piss - Happy New Year and a killer hangover to you all !!!