26 March 2008

SABU - ASTRONAUTAS DE LA PACHANGA















Sabu Martinez for SMC from 1960.

Sabu-Conga;Rios-Piano;DelValle-Bass;Reynaldo-Timbales;
Fuentes-Guiro;Vibes-Unknown Astronautas

Thom Jurek on the case again:
In the aftermath of the success of Sabu Martinez's Jazz Espagnole, he took the band out on the road. It fell apart after only a few months because of Sabu's inability to control his own destructive urges. Hence, Martinez picked up whomever he could find to try and re-create the music on Jazz Espagnole -- usually with disastrous results. However, a couple of those bands stayed together long enough to record a pair of albums for the SMC label in late 1960, the Astronautas de la Pachangas. Shrouded in mystery, with the name of the vibraphonist not even known and only Martinez credited with both his names -- the rest have names like Raynaldo, Del Valle, etc. -- the set while, not having the stunning character of Jazz Espangnole, is nonetheless an accomplished bit of recorded wizardry, and the cats came a long way from that first gig. Whoever the vibraphonist is, he doesn't have a hint of Cal Tjader's West Coast-style in him, and is, indeed, the star of the sextet. The arrangements are not as complex or as interesting as those on the earlier set, but there is plenty here to be grateful for, and the playing is nearly flawless, even if it does lean a bit more heavily on the "Latin" in Latin jazz. The album's best cuts are the explosive vibes/piano interplay that takes place on "Descarga Atomica," and the "Pancho-Pachanga," with its killer timbales solo. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

See the previous Sabu post for issue/reissue details.
Ripped @320 from the Lazarus vinyl reissue of 1997.If you would like an original SMC Pressing check Popsike for some prices- hold on tight 'tho!

10 comments:

bacoso said...

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edison007 said...

whoa!

katonah said...

holy moly .....

it don't get much better than this
many many thanks

a mind with no ceiling said...

Wow Bacoso you're on a killer roll..
those Sabu & Stone Alliance are just outstanding!
Thanks a lot, really.

pastyface said...

im lo'nit my Hansom....

bacoso said...

katonah:
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check this no bids as yet-vinyl copy

katonah said...

Hmmmm, pass me the credit card

mulattikmac said...

Very good for a latin pressing

peskypesky said...

Thank you for the Sabu. Been wanting to check this cat out since reading about him on another blog a week ago.

Slim Jenkins said...

Re-up por fabor?