Personnel: Mongo Santamaria (bongos, congas); Doug Harris (soprano & tenor saxophones, flute); Allen Hoist (alto & baritone saxophones, flute, cello); Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet); Tommy Villarini (trumpet, percussion); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Milton Hamilton (piano); Lee Smith (bass); Steve Berrios (drums, percussion).
Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland on July 19, 1980.
Personnel: Mongo Santamaria (congas, bongos); Doug Harris (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Tommy Villarini (trumpet, cowbells, percussion); Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet); Milton Hamilton (piano); Steve Berrios (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Mark Holston.
Recording information: Montreaux Jazz Festival, Switzerland (07/19/1980).
Photographer: Mark Holston.
This previously unreleased set from the 1980 Montreux Jazz Festival features the pacesetting Afro-Cuban jazz conguero Mongo Santamaria and his frequently blazing seven-piece band. With trumpeter Tommy Villarini (whose high-note flurries sound a little like Jon Faddis in spots) and saxophonists Doug Harris and Allen Hoist (who takes a rare spot on cello) taking heated solos and Santamaria a major force throughout, this is highly enjoyable music. "Watermelon Man" has guest appearances by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and harmonica great Toots Thielemans, although Gillespie is inaudible and Thielemans is largely buried in the band. It really does not matter, for Santamaria's group is quite stirring by itself. Milton Hamilton's long and inventive, unaccompanied introduction to "Solrito" is a highlight of this highly recommended date. ~ Scott Yanow