These two albums, originally recorded for Atlantic, were produced by the legendary Joel Dorn, and contain over 75 minutes of lively Latin beats. "At Montreux" was recorded live at the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
2 LPs on 1 CD: MONGO '70 (1970)/MONGO AT MONTREAX (1971).
Personnel: Mongo Santamaria (bongos, congas); Grant Reed (tenor saxophone, flute); Trevor Lawrence (baritone saxophone); Israel Gonzalez (trumpet); Charles Williamson (cornet); Roger Glenn (flute, vibraphone); Gene Orloff, Emannuel Green, Joe Malin, Harry Lookofsky (violin); Selwart Clarke, Alfred Brown (viola); George Ricci, Kermit Moore (cello); Neal Creque (acoustic & electric pianos); Sonny Henry, Eric Gale (guitar); Angel Allende (drums); Julio Colazzo, Pelayo Diaz, Osvaldo Martinez (percussion).
Includes original release liner notes by Joel Dorn.
MONGO AT MONTREAUX:
Personnel: Mongo Santamaria (congas); Carter Jefferson (tenor saxophone, flute); Ray Maldonado (trumpet, cowbell); Roger Glenn (flute, vibraphone); Eddie Martinez (piano); Edward Rivera (bass); Steve Berrios (drums, timbales); Armando Peraza (bongos, congas).
Recorded live at the Montreau Jazz Festival, Montreaux, Switzerland in 1971.
Personnel: Mongo Santamaria (congas, bongos); Eric Gale (guitar); Joseph Malin, Gene Orloff, Emanuel Green, Harry Lookofsky (violin); Alfred Brown , Selwart Clarke (viola); George Ricci, Kermit Moore (cello); Grant Reed, Carter Jefferson (flute, tenor saxophone); Roger Glenn (flute, vibraphone); Trevor Lawrence (baritone saxophone); Raymond Maldonado (trumpet, cowbells); Israel Gonzalez (trumpet); Neal Creque (piano, electric piano); Eddie Martinez (piano); Edward Rivera (electric bass); Steve Berrios (drums, timbales); Armando Peraza (congas, bongos); Angel Allende (timbales, percussion); Osvaldo Martinez (percussion).
Recording information: Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland (1971).
Arrangers: Jon Hart; Marty Sheller; Neal Creque; Sonny Henry; Charles Williamson.
Mongo Santamaria is well known for his traditional Afro-Cuban work from the 1960s, but this tasty twofer brings together a pair of excellent albums the legendary percussionist cut in the 1970s. MONGO '70 is a deeply funky session that finds Santamaria stepping beautifully into the soul-jazz trend of the time. Backed by a crack band, and benefiting from smart arrangements and polished production, MONGO '70 mixes Latin and '70s grooves in a way that stands up decades later.
MONGO AT MONTREUX, recorded in '71, is a ferocious live set that has Santamaria leading his band full-tilt through straight Latin, Afro-Cuban jazz, soul-jazz, boogaloo, funk, and covers of pop and R&B tunes. (The finale is a blistering version of the Temptations' "Cloud Nine," for example). The energy tops any of the man's studio efforts from the period, and the overall vibe is guaranteed to get the body moving. Getting MONTREUX and MONGO '70 under one cover makes for a win-win situation.