16 November 2008

AGUABELLA - HITTING HARD!!














Francisco Aguabella for Epsilon from 1977.
Super tough latin business featuring the 500mph destruction of Edu Lobo's "Casa Fuerte" - murder!!!

Review half inched from Latin Beat:
As a sworn "olu batá" drummer, Francisco Aguabella is revered asa Santería drum priest, a master of tradition. But in the '60s he was also Peggy Lee's favorite conga drummer and toured the country with her band. Since coming to the U.S. in 1957, the Matanzas-born Cuban drummer has been a pivotal force, incorporating traditional Afro-Cuban folkloric sounds into American pop and jazz.
A former member of the Latin rock band Malo, Aguabella is in his prime on this reissue of his 1977 Epsilon Records album (his second asa leader). Hitting Hard is street-style rare groove fusing Brazilian, salsa, Latin jazz, and funk flavors with a cast that includes San Francisco vibist Nerio De Gracia, the dynamic Cedric Deon Bi on vocals, and percussion great Armando Peraza.
Ramón's Desire kicks it off featuring the rich voice of Deon Bi, whose expressive articulation and soulful delivery are impressive throughout.
Afro-Nue, co-written by Aguabella and Peraza, is a traditional piece that has Francisco chanting, asa lone flute plays over drums and marimba in an intriguing kaleidoscopic counterpoint. The Edu Lobo composition, Casa Fuerte, is awe-inspiring due to Aguabella's drumming virtuosity, but Anna Maria is a dancehall reminder of his salsa days with César's Latin All-Stars in the Mission District.
Aguabella's been with everybody - Gillespie, Palmieri, Puente, Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Santana, Cal Tjader, Mongo, Katherine Dunham, and Malo. Les Blank produced a film on his life, Sworn To The Drum, but this reissue projects his creative side at a fruitful point in his career. Thanks to the British jazz dance scene and fans like Japanese DJ and Latin Jazz aficionado Raphael Sebbag, of the United Future Organisation, there's an Aguabella revival underway and it's "Hitting Hard!" (JV)

20 comments:

bacoso said...

original vinyl rip so no extra track a la the cu bop reissue:

http://rapidshare.com/files/164358693/Hitting_Hard.rar

Mr B said...

fantastic

thanks

katonah said...

sweet!

djangophile said...

Five manbabies to you.
Thanks.

AvantGrape said...

Wow...can't wait to check out the Casa Fuerte. Lobo is one of my favorite composers. Thanks.

fritz the cat said...

wow the last 4 albums you posted get better and better!

Greg said...

what can i say mate faaaaaar ouuuuut!

Tony said...

Thank you!!

mr.gone said...

Thanks. I have this on vinyl reissue before it was reissued on Cubop, but it's great to have a digital version too! Jazzanova sampled a clip from "Don't Let Them Fool You" for their remix of 'Burnin' by Tate's Place.

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Simon666 said...

Love this album :)

Simon666 said...

Here's the bonus track, alternate mix of "Desire" : (9mb, 320kbps)

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?zqjygumwdiu

alex said...

incredible album im SO GLAD to get back m8!
many thanks

johnv said...

Great album--I've been on the hunt for this one for the longest!

Kristensen said...

eaahhh you are into the latin stuff as well featuring a school for me kid into this stuff... Damned what a teacher ;-)

xensma said...

looks really great thanks!!

Radsta said...

This is great stuff, cheers. I managed to get one of the re-issues of this album too, just not had a good enough turntable to rip it with, so many thanks for putting this up. BTW I think something funny is going on with the track listing, as when I extract the file all the track numbers get mixed up! e.g. "Desire" plays as "I wanna Know"!! not a problem really if you know what the title should be. Best wishes and thanks again for putting the big effort to put the good stuff out there.
Radsta

wamjam said...

Does anyone have a ripped video of "Sworn to the Drum"? Thanks.

ZombiJambori said...

thanks again!!

Smicha1 said...

Can't wait to dig into this! Thanks!