21 November 2007


Bobby Matos for Philips from 1968.
I first heard of Bobby Matos on a Chris Bangs tape (Salsa de Bangs/Mambo de Bangs)way back in about 1981-Mambo Maxims and Tema De Alma Latina were two of the killer cuts on a phenomenal C90 comp which set me off on a lifetime of latin lp buying.Bangs was just so far ahead of his time along with Paul Murphy-they blazed a trail that G. Peterson was to ride in on at the start of his djing career.
Anyway I digress-My Latin Soul was always a Big Bucks lp over the years and then I finally snagged one when good ol' Ubiquity reissued it.And now that's been deleted too!But it really is a fuckin' bomb -Joe Cain on production duties and a dynamite set which runs from Mambos to Boogaloos,its all here and its all good.
Highly Recommended.
Here's a short bio from amg:
Percussionist Bobby Matos is one of the most highly respected drummers in the entire Afro-Cuban/Latin jazz genre. Born in the Bronx, New York City, on July 24, 1941, Matos came from a musical family, but was more interested initially in dancing than playing an instrument. Matos didn't begin to take drumming seriously until his late teens, while also learning how to play conga in the basements of churches in Harlem, as he looked up to such artists as Tito Puente for inspiration. It was around this time that Matos joined his first band, Los Congueros, comprised solely of conga, flute, and bass. By the late '60s, Matos had graduated to bandleader (just as the salsa movement began to gain full steam), resulting in one of his best-known songs, "My Latin Soul," produced by Joe Cain, a respected figure in Latin jazz. But instead of continuing on as bandleader, Matos decided to focus strictly on his percussion, as he worked as a sideman for the next two decades. By the '80s, Matos had relocated to California and began to record new material. In the '90s, he issued albums on a regular basis: 1993's Collage Afro Cuban Jazz, 1995's Chango Dance, 1996's Footprints, 1997's My Latin Soul, 1998's Sessions (a compilation of some sessions Matos played on over a 14-year period), 1999's Live at M.O.C.A., and 2001's Mambo Jazz, the latter of which was a collaboration with fellow jazz drummer John Santos. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide
Ripped @320 from the Ubiquity vinyl reissue-now deleted.


Vichakani said...

Totally agree with everything you say on this one Bacoso - this is one of the killer Latin sets. Like you, could never get my hands on an original, but developed a shit eating grin when Ubiquity reissued it on their excellent Cubop label (mind you, not as big as the monstrous shit eating grin I developed when they reissued Haryou, but it was close).

archer said...

bacoso, i appreciate your offerings, and don't thank you for every one i snag, but let me give you a big thanksgiving thanks now for each and every one, because, after all, even the ones i don't dig, somebody is diggin...

having said that, i have to now say that the swipe at gilles was totally unnecessary. dude has brought forgotten gems to ears "worldwide" who otherwise might have never heard them, and for that he deserves major props.

bacoso said...

archer-I have edited my post as it was pretty bitchy.However the facts were true but I guess calling him a garden gnome is a bit below the belt!

wonderfulsound said...

Hey Bacoso, You slaggin off the G.P. again. Next you 'll be telllin the story about the ashtray. I love the yellow check suit by the way.. where did you get that!! I always new you were a snazzy dresser!! all my lovin'


avocado kid said...

Finally got around to listening to this one... damn it's hot!

avocado kid said...

Finally got around to listening to this one... damn it's hot!

miguel said...

hey man thaaaaaannkk you soooo much this is fucking gold, you habe no idea how much you blessed me with all this music
found your blog a day ago and man you made me happy

well muchas gracias

t said...

Hola, excelente disco inubicable por aká (Perú), podrías informarme kómo hago parda acceder al link. muchas gracias. d.