Personnel: Rene Bloch, Teddy Edwards, Nash Maez, Dick Houlgate, Augie Alcaraz (saxophones), Louis Valizian, Marvin Brown, Ronnie Ossa, Bob McKinzie (trumpets), Vince Diaz (trombone), Roberto Gil (piano), Charlie Blackwell (bass), Willie Bobo, Mongo, Jack Navarra, Lalo Guerrero, Juan Cheda, Modesta Duran (percussion).
Recorded at Third Street Studios, Los Angeles, California on November 4, 1958.
Personnel: Rene Bloch (alto saxophone); Augie Alcaraz, Nash Maez, Dick Houlgate, Teddy Edwards (saxophone); Robert McKinzie, Marvin Brown , Ronnie Ossa, Louis Valiz n (trumpet); Vince Diaz (trombone); Roberto Gil (piano); Mongo, Modesto Duran, Jack Navara, Juan Cheda, Lalo Guerrero, Willie Bobo (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Don Clark.
Recording information: Third Street Studios, Los Angel (11/04/1958).
Photographers: Garrett; Howard.
Arrangers: Roberto Gil; Paul Lopez; Rene Bloch.
Altoist Rene Bloch, who came to fame playing "Harlem Nocturne" with Johnny Otis and performing regularly with Perez Prado's band, went out on his own for this orchestra date. The jazz content on the CD reissue is fairly light, but the occasional solos from tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards, the infectious rhythms, the clean and frequently exciting ensembles and the six percussionists (which include Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria) result in some stirring music. The styles range from Latin jazz and mambos to a few originals heavily influenced by rock & roll. A fun set. ~ Scott Yanow