Release Date: 01/15/21
Deluxe Gatefold Edition
Latin Jazz has been an important and evolving current in jazz since the mid-1940s, when Dizzy Gillespie invited the legendary Cuban conga drummer Chano Pozo to join his big band. However, Latin rhythms were present in jazz even earlier, as proven by such recordings as Louis Armstrong's 1930 'The Peanut Vendor' (a reworking of Cuban pianist and conductor MoisÃ©s Simons' 'El Manicero'). Even such an iconic jazz piece as W. C. Handy's 1914 'St. Louis Blues' has a habanera-tresillo bass line.
Latin Jazz would gain prominence in the 1950s and 1960s, with such celebrated figures as Ray Barretto, CÃ¡ndido Camero, Tito Puente, Bebo ValdÃ©s, PÃ©rez Prado, and Mongo SantamarÃa. Many American artists, such as Gerald Wilson, Quincy Jones, and the aforementioned Dizzy Gillespie, even composed their own Latin songs, as did pianist Herbie Hancock, whose 'Watermelon Man' became a hit after being recorded by Mongo SantamarÃa. This LP compiles some of the genre's finest performances.
|Label: New Continent|
|Run Time: 40 mins|
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