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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Afro-Cuban Influence - Shorty Rogers

Afro-Cuban Influence
The Big Band Of Shorty Rogers
Featuring The Giants With Carlos Vidal And Modesto
RCA Victor LPM-1763
1958

From the back cover: This album is the result of collaboration by Carlos Vidal, Modesto Duran and myself. The three of us have always been fascinated by the richness, the moods, the color, the variety and the often wild excitement that Afro-Cuban music generates. An earlier experiment produced an album called Voodoo Suite (LPM-1101). In Wuayacanjanga Suite, once again we freely borrow from, and made use of, the thrilling music which, in its many forms, this country imported to its shores and eagerly adopted.

This stunning album can be found online on CD or by purchase/download so I will not be posting a sample.

I treated myself to a real gem this morning when I spun this vinyl. I must say that this LP is a must have, throughly engaging, piece of space age music. A monster album that overshadows much of the big band Latin that I've got in the collection.

Side one

Wuayacanjanga Suite

Side two

Manteca
Moon Over Cuba
Viva Puente
Un Poco Loco

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