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Top bandleaders and Afro Cuban practitioners Bobby Matos & John Santos


Bobby Matos & John Santos
Mambo Jazz
Cubop Records

Two of the top bandleaders and Afro Cuban practitioners have combined forces on an amazing display of ideas and rhythms. Bobby Matos & John Santos are two names that have long been known and recognized as the top in Latin Jazz music. In this new project "Mambo Jazz" both are able to exchange musical ideas and musicians to create one of this years top recordings. They also included legendary percussionist Orestes Vilato, Mr. Double W and Wayne Wallace on trombone.

It had been an idea that timbalero Bobby Matos had for awhile. He had always thought of how much fun it would be to have a session such as this and how he could get his long time amigo and fellow Latin Jazz artist to make this idea a reality. Bobby Matos has long been a well-respected veteran of the Los Angeles music scene and has enjoyed success outside of the area through his recording projects on Cubop Records. John Santos likewise has been a well-respected musical pioneer in the Bay area and has had the pleasure of working with the top names in the genre on the scene and in the recording studio as well as leading his own explosive unit for many years now.

In "Mambo Jazz" you will be treated to some fine musicianship and a unique approach to the recording of the music on the disc. Most of the tunes come from within both of the ensembles and were recorded in one take or so. Not much overdubbing here, just some enthusiastic and energetic Descarga type workouts. The session also features a great poetry-mambo music number entitled "I Don't Speak Spanish (But I understand when I'm dancing)." It features some nice spoken word lead vocals by Denise Cook who explains to us her musical dilemma. Very creative and swinging..! The session here is a cooker and is a constant moving and swinging effort. I especially enjoy the solos throughout. A prime example of what great music is all about

I also like the tunes "Caminando", "Mambo Mona mix X", "Nueva Diana" and the very nicely arranged "Ya Se Ve." In the spirit of Cachao and the Descarga the Jose Castellar composition "Cachao" will impress you with its rhythmic quality and spoken word by Ismael "East" Carlo.

This recording delighted me and I am sure that you will agree that Bobby and John have shown to all of us fans of Latin Jazz how it should be done.

For more information visit www.ubiquityrecords.com

By Erik Chico Manqueros
Host & Producer of The Latin Style of Jazz and Contributing writer
Latin Style Magazine, LatinJazzClub.com

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