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“The Mambo King” The word mambo comes from the nañigo dialect spoken in Cuba. It probably has no real meaning, but occurs in the phrase "abrecuto y guiri mambo" ("open your eyes and listen") used to open Cuban song contests. In the Bantu language of West Africa, mambo means "conversation with the gods" and in nearby Haiti, a Mambo is a voodoo priestess. The mambo as we know it today is actually a rhythm whose tempo may be slow or fast, and almost any standard tune can be set to its tempo. The saxophone usually sets the rhythm pattern and the brass carries the melody. Perez Prado was a giant in the world of post-war popular music


Article: Album Review

Raul Gutierrez And His Cuban Big Band: Prado... Vive!

Read "Prado... Vive!" reviewed by Chris May

At the start of the 1950s, Cuban bandleader Pérez Prado, the subject of this tribute album, led the hottest big band in Cuba. By the end of the decade, he had been crowned the King of Mambo by the Latin American diaspora in New York City, too, and his cameo appearances in Hollywood movies had helped ...


Article: Live Review

Oh Vida! Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Esperanza Fernández at the 11th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival

Read "Oh Vida! Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Esperanza Fernández at the 11th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Esperanza Fernández Herbst Theater Bay Area Flamenco Festival 2016 San Francisco, CA March 9, 2016 They met for the first time in Spain. One a Cuban-born jazz pianist, the other a Flamenco singer. Both were internationally acclaimed performers. They came together as part of the documentary film ...

Article: Lyrics

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Daniel Levin

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Daniel Levin" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Joe Morris -Solos -Bimhuis (Relative Pitch -2015). Musica incredibile. Ci sono così tante informazioni in ogni frase di Joe. La prima volta che ho ascoltato questo disco, sono ritornato sui primi tredici secondi di “Trunk" almeno una trentina di volte prima di passare al brano successivo. Incredibilmente denso e fluido allo stesso tempo.


Article: Interview

Dick Hyman: The Beat Goes On

Read "Dick Hyman: The Beat Goes On" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Composer, arranger, bandleader, pianist, soloist and accompanist Dick Hyman has already lived several jazz lifetimes, and as he contemplates his 86th birthday in March 2013, his career shows no sign of slowing down.A New York City native, Hyman served as pianist with a Dixieland band and with Lester Young at the December 1949 opening ...


Article: Big Band Report

Gold Medalists Abound at Big Band Olympics

Read "Gold Medalists Abound at Big Band Olympics" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As this is being written, Betty and I are just back from a ten-day visit to California, the first six days of which would be of absolutely no interest to readers of this column. The last four, however, were spent at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel attending the L.A. Jazz Institute's “Big Band Olympics," which ...


News: Recording

Pedro Luis Ferrer Releases "Tangible" New Music March 29

Cuban Brass, Honey, and the Void: The Sensual, Spiritual World of Pedro Luis Ferrer on Tangible In the sheltered inner rooms of an old Havana house, an earthy philosopher plucks melodies and rhythms from the air and from Cuban music's rich soil. Working alone or with close friends and relatives, he turns dances from the sugar ...


News: Recording

The Cuban Cowboys' Racy Exile Rock

Spanglish Superheroes of Degeneracy: The Cuban Cowboys' Racy Exile Rock “On stage, I'm The Cuban Cowboy, a superhero of exile and degeneracy!" exclaims singer and songwriter Jorge Navarro. Spitfire Spanglish blazing, Navarro sends the perfect American icon colliding with a whole family's worth of émigré tension, exile, tenderness and lust. “I turn on the accent, I ...


Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

Label: Agorafobia Tapes
Released: 2001


Perez Prado Vol. 1

Label: Agorafobia Tapes
Released: 1997


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