12 June 2008
MONGO SANTAMARIA - MIGHTY MONGO
Mongo Santamaria for Fantasy from 1962.
Rolando Lozano (fl) Jose "Chombo" Silva (ts) Felix "Pupi" Legarreta (vln) Joao Donato (p, tb) Victor Venegas (b) Julito Collazo, Cuco Martinez, Mongo Santamaria (per)
"The Blackhawk", San Francisco, CA, 1962
Reposted from the early days of this blog-ripped@320 this time from the original vinyl.Essential!
Heavy heavy heavy descarga session from way back when Mongo was still killing 'em dead and hadn't sold out to lame soul covers and boogaloo nonsense.Features the ferocious "Bacoso "which develops into a scorching percussion battle mid way through and the storming "Descarga at the Blackhawk". Interestingly enough one of Joao Donatos first u.s.recordings on which he plays both piano and trombone - he contributes "Bluchanga" .One of the great latin lps of the 60s.
BTW Check out oir contributions and shares-pekis has been on the case with a couple o' hunks o' funk from the great Jimmy Smith.