This was the first time that Mantovani turned his attention to the music of the Latin countries. The persuasive waterfalls of its strings take on a new role on this record and arrangements help to create gloss atmospheres, overflowing warmth, dramatic intensity and an impressive attraction and beauty. The story of this album is that its repertoire grew out of a contest organized by the record company in America to select 12 items for Mantovani unreleased until now. The winner could move to London with his wife, with all expenses paid, to meet Mantovani and asist to one of the recording sessions.
The easy listening music was among its greatest players in the 60s American violinist and director Herman Clebanoff (Chicago, 1917-2004) and his string orchestra, 'Clebanoff Strings'. This album provides very successful arrangements, which in some cases reminiscent of Percy Faith or Mancini. Clebanoff usually activates the role of some of his instruments (saxophone, xylophone, guitar, flute, percussion, etc..), He looks his violin, with ripe, woody tone that subjugates.
Album recorded in September 1958 at a jazz club in San Francisco, the Blackhawk, where used to act Tjader with various musical groups after the dissolution of his previous 'Modern Mambo Quintet'. For this occasion Cal formed another quintet being accompanied by four musicians who were definitely headlining their specialties: the Cuban Mongo Santamaria (come to the U.S. 10 years ago and had worked with Perez Prado and Tito Puente), with congas and bongos; the New Yorker born in the 'Spanish Harlem' Willie Bobo with drummer and toms especially; bassist Al McKibbon, who had worked with Dizzy Gillespie in bop jazz and became a devotee of Latin jazz, and Californian pianist Vince Guaraldi, who had made his first recording in 1953 with Cal Tjader and had joined him in 1956.
The harmonic player, composer and professor Tommy Reilly (Ontario, 1919-2000) offers here one of his recordings with orchestra of German musician and director Kai Warner (1926-1982), brother of the well known director James Last. Reilly in 1967 designed a concert harmonica that was manufactured by the Hohner house. In collaboration with Kai Warner performed this compendium of 12 Latin-themed pieces (in other editions entitled 'America armonica'). The harmonica, a small instrument usually underestimated, is large by the hand of a virtuoso like Tommy Reilly.
This album collects twelve songs that invite you to dance to Latin music. The musical arrangements were prepared by Roland Shaw. The adaptation care of all the issues to Latin American rhythms. Above the musical style of some of the original scores Ros just offers great classics in styles such as cha-cha, mambo, bossa and even bolero or tango, which are a delight played by his orchestra. Ros know in depth the tonal richness of his personality instruments and uses thereof creating unique exchanges between them.
CD album released by the 'Vargas Blues Band', founded and led by blues and rock Spanish guitarist Javier Vargas (Madrid, 1958). Vargas made the first completely instrumental album of the band and provides a clear renewal of their creations, fusing the sound of the guitar, with all its variations and shades of blues, rock, flamenco and Latin styles touch-with the sound of synthesizers, drum rhythm and special sound effects. Very remarkable one of his greatest creations, 'Blues Latino', issue the same Carlos Santana has recorded and incorporated into their repertoire. Leading this band a major figure of current blues Spanish guitars, spoken of as the relay of the great Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana.
Double CD album including a collection of 30 songs performed by the band Latin Cuban Connection. Although the title of the work refers to the best of 'salsa', in the first CD really most of the cuts are salsa-mambo, binding some other dances as chachacha and more, and in the second CD all the songs are merengues excepting one cumbia.
"I don't know where Jazz is going. Maybe it's going to Hell. You can't make anything go anywhere. It just Happens."Thelonious Monk (1959)
Latin music to dance with the orchestra of the great English conductor and arranger Edmundo Ros, who died last year. The album LP gathers twelve recognized subjects that Ros becomes a Latin festival, with a predominance of samba or mambo rhythms and a slight concession to chachacha. In his musical arrangements, Ros always boasts support from the percussion, while he likes to interpret in their own voice among the topics. Inimitable style, infectious rhythm, nice vocal timbre and support of Brazilian and Cuban music dress this recording nerve and strength that only the great conductors know how to print to Latin music.