21 November 2007
BOBBY MATOS AND THE COMBO CONQUISTADORES - MY LATIN SOUL
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.
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.