MAMEY COLORAO

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In this series we bring in some of the names of the Latin Bands based in
New York between the 40’s and early 60’s and other recordings done in
Cuba by Orquestas or Conjuntos likes Félix Chappottín, José Curbelo, La
Playa Sextet that were a big influence for the Latinos in New York. We
are talking about 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 3rd volume from “AfroCuban Roots of Boogaloo” compilation
series of “Zombie Club” by Grosso Records, 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 and 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 “La 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. “El Gavilán” on a exquisite version
performed by Eddie Palmieri on piano and an outstanding brass section
that would years later identify the Fania All Star’s sound. The last three
tracks bring about a turning point on the concept of the album: “Wachi
Wara” by Dizzie Gillespie on a Latin Jazz vein performed by the always
modern and elegant Cal Tjader, “Titoro” by Tito Puente on a version 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

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released May 15, 2017

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