Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mongo Santamaria - "El Bravo!" (1964)




There's quite a lot going on under the hood at this blog, with frequent donations to some of the growing discographies. The Mongo Santamaria discography has just reached 52 albums!

Latest donation by reader Xerxes is this great 1964 latin album that you should check out. Grab it in the comments here, and be sure to click the link above to see the rest. Thanks again Xerxes!

Jason Ankeny, AMG :
" Although Mongo Santamaria's move to Columbia later signified his transition to crossover fare, his label debut, El Bravo!, makes no concessions or overtures to the pop charts. Armed with a batch of original compositions spanning from boleros to mortunos and backed by a crack session band including trumpeter Marty Sheller and flutist Hubert Laws, Santamaria delivers one of the finest traditional Latin jazz records of the mid-'60s. The virtues of the set are many: Santamaria's conga rhythms are fiery yet tasteful, Sheller's luminous arrangements boast an authentic Cuban flavor, and all of the musicians receive ample opportunity to shine, in particular Laws (whose charanga-inspired flute galvanizes the superb 'Monica'. "




16 comments:

Hanimex 3000 said...

nice drop. Thanks

Mr. UnTouchable said...

I AM THE BIGGEST MONGO FAN. I HAVE AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF "MONGO'S WAY" IN ONE OF MY CRATES. THIS A CLASSIC

avocado kid said...

thanks Xerxes666!

Xerxes said...

hey Simon,
thanks for pointing out my post!

it's a pleasure for me to support your great blog!!

Xerxes

Xerxes said...

hi,
there are only 2 albums missing in the Mongo discography for completeness:

1. Explodes at the village gate (1967) (Columbia CS 9570)

2. Magic (1983) (Roulette 79001)

It's almost done, only 2 albums left!! Hopefully someone out there can help to fill this gap!
Come on people!!

Xerxes

Oscar Black said...

Gracias ..
I love Mongo's .. el Bravo !!

the jazzman said...

Thanks. Never heard this one.

Sebastien said...

Thanks!

Mr. UnTouchable said...

i only have 3 mongo albums. i have "Sofrito", "Mongo's Way", and "soul Picnic"

pollux said...

thanks !!
makes move my body alone

Simon666 said...

Hi guys -
New Mongo Santamaria vinyl rip posted : ”Drums and Chants” (1978, rec. 1955)

Anonymous said...

I had this album years ago. its hard to find but I think well worth it. My favorite two cuts on this album were: "El Bravo", and "Cinderella" they both have a cha cha cha/Son Montuno beat. Wish I could download the album

Simon666 said...

Hi anonymous, you can download it by clicking the link in the first comment.

Anonymous said...

gracias.. imperdible Mongo Santamaria

Anonymous said...

hm... funny thoughts

Simon666 said...

New post and rip of "Mongo Magic" (1983)

http://neverenoughrhodes.blogspot.com/2010/05/mongo-santamaria-mongo-magic-1983.html