Friday, October 26, 2007

Machito - Afro-Cuban Jazz

Machito - Afro-Cuban Jazz
Label - Clef Records (Japanese Import)
Recorded - 1950 ??? (Liner Notes completely in Japanese)
Style - Latin, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Pachanga, Jazz, Lee Library

1. Machito - Part 1. Cancion (2:58)
2. Machito - Part 2. Mambo (3:17)
3. Machito - Part 3, Mambo(Continued) (2:42)
4. Machito - Part 4. 6/8 (2:15)
5. Machito - Part 5. Jazz (3:42)
6. Machito - Part 6. Rhumba Abierta (2:37)
7. Machito - Part 1. Introduction (2:41)
8. Machito - Part 2. Pregon (2:15)
9. Machito - Part 3. 6/8 (2:41)
10. Machito - Part 4. Jazz (1:58)
11. Machito - Part 5.Cancion Antigua (4:34)
12. Machito - Part 6. Rhumba Finale (3:30)
13. Machito - Havana Special (3:04)
14. Machito - Fiesta Time (3:15)

* Lee Library stumped me on this one. Can't find a damned thing about this online anywhere! It's very much a Japanese import, and that probably explains why.


Machito's contribution to the development of Afro-Cuban Jazz can not be overstated. His band, the Afro-Cuban Salseros, were the first to fuse jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythm. The band's arrangements broke new ground with their use of contrasting rhythmic figures and dynamic contrast. Musical director, lead trumpeter and cousin Mario Bauza used the band's three trumpets to achieve piercing climaxes, while the saxophone section offered lush harmonies and counterpoint. Cutting-edge solo improvisations grounded themselves in the Bop innovations of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, both of whom served stints in the band themselves.The band maintained a rock-solid foundation in the traditional Cuban rhythmic pattern known as the "clave." Machito stood at the head of this musical juggernaut, leading the band with his maracas and rich, vibrato-laden baritone. This musical hybrid gave rise to a dance craze which was to last over a decade. Critics and fans labeled the sound "Mambo," which, in the Yoruba language, means "important matter." An important matter, indeed.

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Burning Blue Soul said...

I want to be clear that I am little more than just guessing, but I seem to recall reading about these long ago--and have actually even seen them once in my life before (but then I am an OLD man). While it's true that these sessions have no CD counterpart and little is known about them, I do belive they were studio outtakes--meaning cutting room floor sides--form the first two Machito sessions on Clef. No matter: THANK you for posting them.

XMP said...

cool thanks for the quick infos!

Richard said...

Yes, very interesting post. Thanks.

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