Kenya Afro Cuban Jazz


SKU: SR52006

Barcode: 5060149620038

27.00 £27.00
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Label: Pure Pleasure
  • Released Date: 26th January 2012
  • Buying Format:
    180g 1LP

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The powerful blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation on this album at it?s roaring best. Loaded with jostling hyperactive bongos and congas and razor-edged riffing brass. Then to this add solos from Cannonaball Adderley, Doc Cheatham, Joe Newman and Eddie Bert. This outstanding album, recorded in honor of the then recently formed republic of Kenya, highlights the wonderful Afro-American and Afro-Cuban musical language Machito spoke so well. Here he combines all the elements needed in bringing the true meaning of Afro-Cuban jazz music to the listener. Machito, his musical director Mario Bauza, Rene Hernandez and A. K. Salim who along with Mr Bauza composed and arranged this music, define it this way: Afro-Cuban rhythm differs from other rhythms in that instead of the usual drums carrying the rhythmic beat, it is carried by Cuban percussion instruments such as the bongos, congas, timbales, guiros and maracas. Also, and even more elemental, is that although there are four beats to the bar as in all jazz, in Afro-Cuban jazz the beat is not played by any instruments as such. It is felt, rather than actually heard. Afro-Cuban jazz is, in it?s performance, the marriage of Afro-Cuban rhythm and soloists.

Machito was a central figure in the birth and development of Afro-Cuban /Latin jazz. He was the front man, singing, conducting, shaking maracas, while his brother-in-law Mario Bauza was the innovator behind the scenes, getting Machito to hire jazz-orientated arrangers. After an earlier aborted attempt to launch a band with Bauza, Machito founded the Afro-Cubans in 1940, taking on Bauza the following year as music director where he remained for 35 years. Playing regularly at New York?s Palladium, Machito?s band reached it?s peak of popularity during the mambo craze of the 1950?s, when this album was recorded. Reissue mastered by Kevin Gray at Acoustech, lacquers plated by RTI & pressed on 180 gram vinyl by Pallas.

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Track Listings

A side:
Wild Jungle
Congo Mulence

B side:
Blues A La Machito
Tin Tin Deo
Minor Rama

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