Mongo Santamaria Brazilian Sunset (Live)
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- Released: March 1, 1996
- Label: Candid Records
JazzTimes - 9/96, p.100"...features Mongo Santamaria and his septet in a variety of moods, resulting in a tasty musical stew that mixes Latin, R&B, funk, boogaloo and jazz ingredients..."
- 2.Costa Del Oro
- 4.Gumbo Man
- 5.Brazilian Sunset
- 6.When Love Begins
- 7.Being Here With You
- 8.Soca Mi Nice
- 9.Dawn's Light
- 10.Breaking It In
- 11.Watermelon Man
Personnel includes: Mongo Santamaria (percussion); Jimmy Cozier (alto & baritone saxophones, flute); Craig Rivers (tenor saxophone, flute); Eddie Allen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ricardo Gonzalez (piano); Johnny Almendra (drums, timbales) Eddie Rodriguez (percussion).
Recorded live at Birdland, New York, New York in 1992.
Personnel: Mongo Santamar¡a (congas, percussion); James Crozier, Jimmy Cozier (flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Craig Rivers (flute, tenor saxophone); Eddie Allen, Edward J. Allen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ricardo Gonzalez, Richard Gonzalez (piano); Andreu Johnny Almendra (drums, timbales); Eddie Rodirguez, Eddie Rodrigues (percussion).
Recording information: Birdland, New York, NY (10/09/1992-10/10/1992).
Director: Eddie Allen.
Photographer: Mitchell Seidel.
Mongo Santamaria leads a potent octet over two nights at Birdland in this live CD taped in 1992. The conga master is joined by trumpeter/flugelhornist Eddie Allen (who serves as music director as well), tenor saxophonist/flautist Craig Rivers, and alto saxophonist/baritone saxophonist/flautists Jimmy Cozier, with pianist Ricardo Gonzalez leading the rhythm section. Among Santamaria's seven originals, the peppy "Brazilian Sunset" especially stands out, along with two pieces by Marty Sheller, his former musical director. Cozier penned the upbeat "Costa Del Oro," a sizzling Latin blues that features its composer on tenor sax. There's also a fun Afro-Cuban arrangement of the standard "Summertime" and a hip-swaying treatment of Herbie Hancock's huge hit "Watermelon Man." ~ Ken Dryden
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