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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Make Mine Mambo - Joe Loco

Make Mine Mambo (And Cha Cha Cha)
Joe Loco
TICO LP-1008

From the back cover: Joe Loco sprinkles some more of his mambo magic to give them another dimension without talking away any of their original qualities.

Short bio from Loco's wiki page: Joe Loco (March 26, 1921, New York City - March 7, 1988) was a Latin jazz and Latin pop pianist and arranger of Puerto Rican ancestry.

Loco first played with an ensemble called Montecino's Happy Boys in 1938. In the early 1940s he served as Machito's pianist before joining the Air Force from 1945 to 1947. He then freelanced with many of the top Latin ensembles of the time well into the 1950s, working with Polito GalĂ­ndez, Marcelino Guerra, Pupi Campo, and Julio Andino. He scored a hit of his own in 1952 with the tune "Tenderly". Loco also did Latin arrangements of pop standards, and performed them with a quintet in many jazz venues that did not typically showcase Latin music.

How High The Moon
Stompin' At The Savoy
Happy Mambo
These Foolish Things
Tremedo Cha Cha Cha
Sadie Thompson Song
Cha Cha Cha #5
Matty Singer Mambo
The High And The Mighty

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