3 December 2007

LOUIE "SABU" MARTINEZ - SAFARI WITH SABU






















Sabu
for Vik from 1957.
Bongos and Tympani-Sabu;Congas-Ray Barretto;Congas-Ray Romero;Congas-Evelio Quintero;Timbales-Steve Berrios;Vibes,Trombone-Jack Hitchcock;Baritone Sax-Cecil Payne;Oboe,Tenor Sax-Gene Allen;Bass-Oscar Pettiford;Vocal Chorus-Uncredited.

Keepin' it hard core here's the mighty Sabu Martinez with a great piece of pounding jazz exotica from 50 years ago.I'm pretty sure this has never been posted in the public domain before so another first for Orgy In Rhythm - Highly Recommended.
Here's the sleeve notes:

This is a story in music, a story told against the ever-insistent and always persuasive rhythms of the drums, the ever-throbbing drums. It is the tale of a day in the life of a small, native village, tucked away in some remote and inaccessible region of the African continent or South America. Starting at sunrise and ending with the first light of the new day, through the wild excitement of a safari into the always dangerous and forbidding jungle.
As conceived and conducted by Louis Martinez, who as "Sabu" is considered one of the great bongo drummers of the modern era (a reputation he gets a chance to uphold and expand via his startling bongo and timpani work on this album), this musical tour de force for percussion instruments (four congo drums and timbales in addition to bongo and timpani are used) is much more than a mere percussion exercise. The skillful use of women's voices as a musical Greek chorus, and the introduction of modern instruments such as the saxaphone, trombone, oboe, vibes, and bass viol to carry melody, indicate the depth and planning that have gone into this unique and enlightening musical experience. There is a persuasive quality about the music recorded herein that creates an unusual rapport between the music and the listener. In the music performed here there is a sprinkling of three cultures: the African, as represented by the percussive instrumentation, the Latin American via the female voices, and contemporary American through the reeds and horns.
Each musical selection is complete in itself. Each one states a theme, expands it, then reaches a peak of fury and excitement, sometimes ending at the climax, and occasionally returning to the original exposition. But through all the music, underneath the melodic passages, the women's chants and cries, throb the ever-present, all-pervading sounds of the drums on this musical picture of a jungle safari with "Sabu."

Recorded at Webster Hall, June 13, 1957 and in RCA Victor Studio No. 3 on June 6, 1957.
Conducted and written by Louis Martinez.
Produced and directed by Bob Rolontz.

No reissues in any format-a good condition original will set you back a few bob!
Ripped @320 from the original vinyl.

22 comments:

wonderfulsound said...

SPEEDy Post Mr Bacoso. Do you work for Royal Mail by any chance? See you at christmas and if you have time, Mr Bacoso goes to the movies at the Wonderfulsound Libraries in Jan?!!

litlgrey said...

Sabu! Gimme gimme gimme!!!

Jazz-Nekko said...

generous to a fault, knowledgeable as the forest, as ever -

many thanks for this share from your treasure chest, sir!

cheers,

jazz-nekko

"Big Al" Marghreb said...

Great! Can't wait for this one. That album cover is familiar...

Peter said...

Thanks Bac! Looks good!

Luca said...

I just recently got hip to Jazz- funk and in that respect this blog is a treasure chest indeed.

What I'd really love to see is a re-post of Hampton Hawes - Northern Window album.
Very rare and featuring the almighty Carol Kaye on bass.

thanks

Theory said...

Sounds good - and you always deliver the hotness Mr. Bacoso!

Vichakani said...

Massive post Bacoso, just love Sabu's work, so thanks for the share.

As we seem to be on a bit of a Latin kick here at the moment, here's a couple of links for your readers to try (I'm sure you have both of these already, but if not, then enjoy yourself).

Cortijo & His Time Machine

http://rapidshare.com/files/74794178/C_HTM_CYSMDT.rar

Sinto - Sonho Negro

http://rapidshare.com/files/74783552/S_SN.rar

Bob said...

In terms of rarity and "exoticness", you've knocked it out of the park with this one. Nice quiet rip too, with barely a noise on it. Thanks!

Robert

calumbinho said...

Hey, friend, congratulations for this great blog. Have you considered posting Guy Warren's 1957 "Africa speaks, America answers"? It's nowhere to be found, yet I hear it was fairly big when originally released...
In any case, thanks for the great music!

jonah said...

another absurdly good one-
any chance of a repost of afrotemple? i am not able to access it from this page
or from reza's spectacular jewelbox.
thanks for the wonderful music!

hazmania said...

Outstanding! You can nver really get enough bongos.

Geordie said...

Huuuge Post, thanks so much. My Sabu Martines collection is pretty good, of course I was missing this one....oh and I'm missing Sabu in Orbit....hint hint :)

Mr. Pablo said...

fantistico! any chance of a re-up of AFRO TEMPLE? Your description of it has got a hold on me...

bacoso said...

vichakani-thanks for your donations.I have the Cortijo and its a big favourite of mine.The Sinto I have heard of but never heard so just about to download now-cheers.

bacoso said...
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bacoso said...

sabu in orbit -got it on vinyl but its not gonna get posted this side of 2008.afro temple wont be posted again for some time.

Vichakani said...

No problem bacoso, my pleasure to pay back some of your kindness.

I;ll see if I can dig up my copy of Afro Temple from the vaults to help out.

Mr B said...

hi buddy

was browsing your amazing blog and notice you have nothing from Letta Mbulu. She would fit well here.

cheers

marco said...

Nice one! Love to you and Sabu

J Thyme...kind said...

This looks like the icing & the desert too.

mister shabbadoo said...

This album is so friggin' cool it's insane.. thanks for all the Sabu Martinez.