24 April 2007
MONGO SANTAMARIA - MONGO EXPLODES
Mighty Mongo from 1964 on Riverside.One of my favourite Mongo albums this one is a cracker not least for Marty Sheller's furious "Dirty Willie" .Here's a review from Dusty Groove :
A killer early album by Mongo Santamaria -- almost an equal blend of jazz and Latin rhythms, and a great illustration of the unique contribution that he was making to both types of music back in the 60s! Mongo's group here is filled with some really great horn players -- Nat Adderley on cornet, Marty Sheller on trumpet, Ronnie Capers on alto sax, and Pat Patrick on baritone -- really hitting a hard-edged groove that's as filled with soul jazz solo inflections as it is with Mongo's great work on percussion! The reeds bring a sharp edge to the record that keeps on going throughout -- pushing the set with a lot more soul than other Latin sides from the time, particularly those in the charanga mode and most tracks are short and feisty.
Ripped at 320 from the Japanese cd reissue in 1993-no vinyl reissue.