This Fabulous release from the greatest Latin jazz vibraphonists features two albums on one disc. The albums, one recorded live and one a studio recording were recorded in 1968 and 1969 for Skye Records a label part owned by Tjader. Soul/ Jazz recordings made in the sixties have remained popular to this day in the clubs and Cal Tjader's popularity has not diminished in the least in fact he is still the most acclaimed Anglo musician ever to play Latin jazz.
Mambo Mania! may not be the last word on the Afro-Cuban music of the 1950s and '60s, but for beginners, it's a darn nice place to start. Rhino can usually be counted on to do its homework when assembling compilations, and this superb 18-song CD is no exception. Serious fans of what came to be called salsa will be more than familiar with such classics as Celia Cruz's "Tumba La Cana, Jibarito," Beny More's "Me Gusta Mas El Son" and Tito Puente's "Guaguanco Margarito" – all of which are essential listening for even the most casual salseros.
Mambo Sinuendo is a collaboration between Ry Cooder and Buena Vista alum (and formerly of many other groups as well) Manuel Galban. The album attempts to catch an old style popularized in Cuba by Galban, and was, surprisingly, never followed up on by anybody after Galban. It's a guitar-based romp closely based in the pop/jazz crossovers of the 1950s-1960s (Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, etc). There's a touch of exoticism here and there, and a larger touch of a relatively Hawaiian feel throughout the whole via the guitar techniques employed by the pair. It's all somewhere in a form between lounge, mambo, and Esquivel's old space-age-bachelor-pad music. In rare instances, there's even a little bit of a house drum loop added in by the percussionists.
Bossa N' Ramones is an album that places the songbook of the creators of punk in a new place full of subtleties, elegance and imagination. With more than a million records sold around the world, the newest chapter of The Rio Series is, without a doubt, the most adventurous and seductive. Recorded around the world, the album shines with the guest appearances of two transcendental female vocalists; Cherie Currie, ex singer of The Runaways (all female glam rock band who were a direct inspiration to the punk movement), Angie Bowie (singer, actress and writer, ex-wife of David Bowie and creator of the concept of glam rock) and Yasmin Gate, a member of Dirty Princess…
Mango Santamaria utilizes a colorful cast of musicians on this CD. Flutists Hubert Laws and Dave Valentin are featured on two songs apiece (although unfortunately not together) and the nonet has trumpeter Eddie Allen, altoist Jimmy Cozier, and Craig Rivers on tenor and soprano, along with three percussionists. There are a lot of percussion features including the closing nine-and-a-half minute "La Mogolla," making this an excellent if not quite essential recording.
Providing an excellent introduction to Latin music, the soundtrack to the film The Mambo Kings mixes stellar artists of the genre including Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, and Celia Cruz with well-known performers with roots in the form like Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos. This 2000 rerelease adds a remix of "Ran Kan Kan" by Olga Tañon and "Beautiful Maria of My Soul" featuring Antonio Banderas with Compay Segundo.
Since the appearance of mambo in the 30s, as an evolution of Cuban 'danzón' and 'son montuno', reached its greatest popularity during the 50s. Musicians like Pérez Prado, Cachao, Tito Puente and Machito were some of the greatest creators and performers of this Cuban rhythm. This double CD album offers a collection of 36 original songs performed by some of the most famous groups and singers of those golden years, as Tito Puente (El Rey del Timbal), Tito Rodriguez, Machito & his Afro-Cuban or Sonora Matancera with Celia Cruz among others.