Mongo Santamaria Mongo Introduces la Lupe
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- Released: October 28, 1993
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Milestone
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Personnel: Mongo Santamaria, Marty Sheller, "Chocolate" Armenteras, Pat Patrick, Bobby Capers, Rene Hernandez, Rodgers Grant, Victor Venegas, "Kako," Osvaldo Martinez, Frank Valerino.
Recorded in December, 1962 & January, 1963.
Personnel: Mongo Santamaria (congas, bongos, percussion); Osvaldo Martinez, Frank Valerino, Kako (vocals, percussion); La Lupe (vocals); Pat Patrick (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bobby Capers (flute, saxophone); Marty Sheller (trumpet); Rodgers Grant (piano, percussion); Ren‚ Hern ndez (piano).
Recording information: New York, NY (12/17/1962-01/09/1963).
Unknown Contributor Role: Chocolate Armenteros.
La Lupe was a popular singer in New York's Latin music scene of the 1960s. She is featured on five of the nine selections on this LP, showing lots of spirit along with an appealing voice. In addition, there are four strong instrumentals, and even the vocal pieces have spots for the instrumentalists. It is particularly interesting to hear the difference between the two trumpet players (Marty Sheller and Chocolate Armenteros), along with the fine reed solos from Pat Patrick (Sun Ra's baritonist, who was on vacation from the Arkestra at the time) and Bobby Capers, who alternate between various saxophones and flutes. An excellent set of stirring Afro-Cuban jazz. ~ Scott Yanow
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