Mongo Santamaria: Live at Yankee Stadium.

Author:Varela, Jesse
 
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MONGO SANTAMARIA

Live at Yankee Stadium

(Fania)

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With a raspy-voiced introduction by Symphony Sid Torin, Mongo Santamaría's fine 1973 concert at NYC's Yankee Stadium opens with a flurry of Afro-Cuban beats that blesses the event before kicking it into high gear with the funky Dr. Gasca. The band is highlighted by a pride of young lions like Justo Almario (tenor sax/flute), Luis "Perico" Ortiz (trumpet), Pablo Rosario (bongó) and the unsung bassist, William Allen, along with José Madrid (piano), Héctor Veneros (sax), and Jimmy Rivera (timbal) rounding out the band.

Groove-centric gems with plenty of space for the soloists to improvise allows the live recording to bubble with an unprecedented enthusiasm. Marty Sheller produced the album and penned a couple of arrangements, including a superb offering of his original composition titled Leah, one of my favorites on...

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