Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Various Artists - ¡Saoco! Masters Of Afro-Cuban Jazz (2001)

A hip compilation of Afro-Cuban jazz from the late 1950s through the early 1970's.  The use of multiple percussionists instead of a drum set is immediately noticeable, but what really sets this music apart are the sweet grooves that relentlessly drive the music forward at all times. Fantastic liner notes.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart


At 18 tracks over 64 minutes, you definitely get you money's worth with this one.  My favorites are La Descarga Del Bob by Willie Bobo, Saoco by Mongo Santamaria, Tanga by Machito, His Groove by Eddie Cano & Nino Tempo, Jumpin' with Symphony Sid by Louie Ramirez, and a fun mozambique cover of The JB's funk hit, Hot Pants Road.  The only track worth skipping is El Señor Sid by Bobby Paunetto which doesn't seem to fit here.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: No specific memories, but I'm fairly certain this was purchased during my cigar-smoking/Afro-Cuban phase around the turn of the century.

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