6 June 2009

MANTECA - RITMO Y SABOR





















Lazaro Pla aka Manteca for Sound Triangle from 197?
Super heavyweight percussion/descarga session from Pla plus Patato Valdes and Nelson "Flaco"Padron(Cachao on Bass???).
If you liked Puente in Percussion this will blow you away.Just check out the ridiculous breaks on "Afro Funky" and "Cosas De Manteca" to get a flavour of how good this is.
Percussionists who were lucky enough to witness Manteca play the bongos with this group, relate tales of an enormous man who could ignite a near riot by simply coming forward from the rhythm section to the front of the stage playing wild rhythms that became more and more complex as the audience cheered him on.
Lazaro Pla, known as Manteca, was a master "bongosero" who first rose to fame in 1940s Cuba when he was a featured attraction with the great pianist and composer Ernesto Lecouna and the renowned Cuban Boys, a leading exponent of the Cuban musical wave who gained international recognition and subsequently toured the globe.
Although Manteca is found on many recordings originating from Cuba, only a very small amount of material exists of him as a featured soloist or as the leader of a small combo.
These famed sessions took place in the United States - Miami to be exact, sometime in the early 1970s. This was a very unique session indeed as two other Cuban expatriates join Manteca in the studio - two of his early admirers who grew up listening to his rhythms: master percussionists Carlos "Patato" Valdes and the amazing Nelson "Flaco" Padron producing these two of the finest examples of incendiary Cuban percussion ever recorded.The remainder of this session's musicians are unquoted. (I've heard it suggested that the legendary Cachao could be on bass but this remains unconfirmed).

20 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/241126025/Manteca.rar

damon said...

pure gold! I Love it

porco rosso said...

Wow, love this. Thanks a million.
I have an awful sounding low bitrate version of this which i already treasured, but never expected to get a proper rip. This album should be forbidden, it's unbelievable lightning fast bongo mastery.

Simon666 said...

Just effing fantastic from start to finish. Like porco rosso I had a low bitrate version of the track "Afro Funky". I enjoyed improvising keyboards over it when DJ-ing, so I tried to restore it using some sound editing software and doubled the length, but still couldn't get it clear. Thanks for saving me and for this killer album Bacoso :)

vesper said...

Can't get enough of that, Bacoso, thanks, it's indeed a killer

avocado kid said...

Like Puente in Percussion? Cachao? you got me salivating. Thanks!!!!!

rochus said...

Looks great. Thanks for putting this up!

Revoltas, sussurros e paisagens said...

Orgy in Rhythm is always wonderful, thanks!

zardoz1984 said...

Pure juice! Mucho sabroso. Master Manteca groovin' all over the place. A true rhythm lesson for all OIR children. Many thx Bacoso, you're a killer!

_Bato Ribot said...

Hi Bacoso, thanks for this!!!!
I hear an electric bass so I don´t think it would be Cachao.
Bye

taro nombei said...

rapidly freeing up disk space to allow this in...
the word verificaiton code is 'uncronch' -- it's a sign
thanks indeed bacosoi!
TN

alienlover said...

great great upload, thank you a dozen times for this diamond!!! greetings from hot greece!

MrBill said...

Fascinating - thanks so much!

ryanb said...

wow. thanks. this is great.

karl said...

i'm excited to hear this one....roll on tonight

truelivin said...

What a wonderful treat! Thanks

Uncle Travelling Mac said...

What a post. I play bongos and am now in bongo heaven. This is like a bible of bongo playing. There's enough material here to study for a loooooong time. Amazing.

Diego Carrasco said...

Realmente magnifico tu blog hermano.. lo estoy disfrutando al maximo, maƱana viajo a la amazonia y lo llevo conmigo!! saludos desde ecuador

Bombolino said...

this is soooooo hard hitting... How could I never have heard of this guy? Incendiary is right. Pure bliss! thanks, thanks, thanks...

They say it's a cold world said...

I have this record, and about ten years ago I also found a CD reissue of it and bought that, but I never knew who the hell Manteca was or anything about the players. Thanks for digging that up and sharing it. I'm interested to know where you got the info from. The original record jacket has zero information; this was always just the super fat mystery album. A totally sick slab. Thanks for all the groovy tunes!