Mongo Santamaria – Live at Jazz Alley {Concord}

Mongo Santamaria – Live at Jazz Alley {Concord}

Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz

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AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell

This is as close to Latin purist Mongo as we have heard in recent years, an eight-piece salsa band — including several members of the 1997 Tito Puente ensemble, like trumpeter Ray Vega, altoist Bobby Porcelli and tenorman Mitch Frohman — playing a brace of Mongo classics and Latin jazz pieces live before a hushed crowd in Seattle’s Jazz Alley.

There are no pop covers, one electric instrument (a bass), lots of extended jazz solos (Porcelli and Frohman really burn on the pioneering Afro-Cuban classic “Manteca”), and an unusual (for Mongo) emphasis on the timbales on many tracks, which shoves the rhythms closer to the salsified Puente manner.

However, tracks like “Juan Jose,” “Home” and “Bonita” do have the smooth Mongo cha-cha and guajira grooves, and elsewhere, Mongo lifts himself out of the background often enough to deliver some stirring polyrhythmic conga salvos. For a specific jolt from Mongo’s own past, there is “Para Ti” and 10 1/2 stimulating minutes of “Afro Blue.” Though the general electricity level of the gig could be higher, Mongo’s ageless spirit triumphs again.

01. Home (6:15)
02. Bonita (4:56)
03. Philadelphia (6:14)
04. Para Ti (6:07)
05. Manteca (7:06)
06. Ponce (7:07)
07. Come Candela (5:34)
08. Ibiano (5:04)
09. Juan Jose (5:38)
10. Afro Blue (10:44)

Mongo Santamaria – congas
Ray Vega – trumpet, flugelhorn
Bobby Porcelli – alto & baritone saxophone, flute
Mitch Frohman – tenor & soprano saxophone, flute
Bob Quaranta – piano & musical director
Bernie Minoso – bass
John Andreu Almendra – drums, timbales
Eddie Rodriguez – percussion & vocal on “Afro Blue”
John Andreu Almendra, Bernie Minoso, Eddie Rodriguez, Ray Vega – coro on “Bonita,” “Para Ti,” “Come Candela,” “Juan Jose,” and “Afro Blue”

Original Recording Credits:
Co-produced by Carl E. Jefferson and Allen Farnham
Assistant Producer: Nick Phillips
Recorded live at Dimitrou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA, March 1990
Mixed at PER, Hayward, CA
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Phil Edwards
Assistant Recording Engineer: Scot Charles
Mastered by George Horn
Art Direction: Sandi Young
Liner notes by Marty Sheller and Harvey Siders

SACD Credits:
Produced by John Burk and Nick Phillips
Executive Producers: Glen Barros and John Burk
Associate Producer: Herbert Waltl
SACD 5.1 Mix Engineer: Phil Edwards
Mixed and Mastered at Media Hyperium Studios, Torrance, CA
DSD Engineer: Ted White
Mastering Engineer: Graemme Brown
DSD Assistant: Kaspar Hugentobler
SACD Authoring by Fred Jacobs at Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Package Design: Jill Simonsen
Art Direction: Abbey Anna
Production Manager: Valerie Whitesell

1990, 2003 Concord Records, Inc., 100 North Crescent Drive, Suite 275, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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