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Mamey Colorao: 1952-1962 Spanish Harlem Dancefloor Fillers - More Afro-Cuban Roots Of Boogaloo

GR 029LP GR 029LP

In this series, Grosso! Recordings bring in some of the names of the Latin bands based in New York between the '40s and early '60s and other recordings done in Cuba by Orquestas or Conjuntos likes Félix Chappottín, José Curbelo, and La Playa Sextet that were a big influence for Latinos in New York. Think musicians of the stature of Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaría, Noro Morales, Francisco Aguabella, Cal Tjader, or Machito. "Mamey Colorao", a well-known composition by Peruchin Justíz, is the album title of third volume from the Afro-Cuban Roots Of Boogaloo compilation series by Grosso! Recordings, performed by Tito Puente and later covered on a more electric version by Ocho. Side A opens out a variety of more traditional Cuban numbers such as "No Tiene Telaraña" by José Curbelo's Orquesta, "El Baile Suavito", a heavy duty tune performed by Orquesta Aragón, and a very well-known cha-cha-chá "Rico Vacilón" written by Rosendo Ruíz Quevedo on the inimitable voice of Machito & his Afrocubans. "Garbage Man's Chachachá (La Basura)" by La Playa Sextet highlights an electric guitar sound that anticipates the fusion of the traditional and the new sounds that would lead into the 'Boogaloo' and 'Salsa'. A couple of montunos round off the A side, "Quimbombó" from Félix Chappotín Orchestra with the legendary Miguelito Cuní and "Bolita" with a double entendre of Bimbi and his Trío Oriental. Noro Morales opens the B side with "Vitamina", a traditional mambo followed by "Palo Mayombe", a pachanga rhythm with the distinctive Afro-sound of Mongo Santamaria. An exquisite version of "El Gavilán" is performed by Eddie Palmieri on piano with an outstanding brass section that would years later identify the Fania All Stars' sound. The last three tracks bring about a turning point on the concept of the album: "Wachi Wara" by Dizzy Gillespie in a Latin jazz vein performed by the always modern and elegant Cal Tjader, a version of "Titoro", by Tito Puente, with a Brazilian vibe at times interpreted by vibraphonist Bobby Montez and concluding, Francisco Aguabella with "Shirley's Guaguanco", a jazzy tune with a traditional guaguancó rhythm and sound on the congas and bongo with a final coro reminiscent of the very Cuban "rumba de solar".