"A Mongo Santamaria concert is a mesmerizing spectacle for both eyes and ears, and even in his seventies, this seemingly ageless Cuban percussionist/bandleader could energize packed behemoth arenas such as the Hollywood Bowl. A master conguero, Santamaria at his best creates an incantatory spell rooted in Cuban religious rituals, quietly seating himself before his congas and soloing with total command over the rhythmic spaces between the beats while his band pumps out an endless vamp (a potent example on records is the hypnotic "Mazacote" available on Afro-Roots [Prestige]). He has been hugely influential as a leader, running durable bands that combine the traditional charanga with jazz-oriented brass, wind, and piano solos, featuring such future notables as Chick Corea and Hubert Laws. He also reached out into R&B, rock, and electric jazz at times in his long career. No Cuban percussionist, with the possible exception of Santana's Armando Peraza (and let's not count Desi Arnaz!), has reached more listeners than Mongo." - AMG.
This is a 1966 Riverside Stereo re-issue of the 1964 recording.
The record is Exc-.
The jacket is Mint-.
The LP plays/sounds NM+.
Lots of 'punch and drive'. Greater dynamics and transients. Vocals and instruments are highly detailed and define their individual 'space'.
Slight surface noise (vinyl 'hiss') between tracks and on very quiet passages only.
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