Mongo Santamaria And His Afro-Latin Group
Produced by Bill Grauer
Riverside RLP 9423
Mongo Santamaria, Conga Drums (also bongos on Carmela and Chombolero); Paul Serrano, Trumpet; Pat Patrick, Saxophones and flute; Al Abreu, Tenor Sax and Flute; Armando Corea, Piano; Jose De Paulo, Guitar; Victor Venegas, Bass; Julio Collazo, Timbales; To-Tiko and Jose De Paulo, Latin Percussion. Vocals on Tumba Le Le by Carmen Costa and Chorus; on Country Song by Marcellino Guerra and Elliot Romero; on Hombre by Guerra and chorus.
From the back cover: The material here (much of it written by Mongo himself) reflects the musical qualities and influences of several different countries, although most of the numbers build from an underlying base that is essentially African. These selections feature added voices.
From Billboard - November 3, 1962: This new album shows off some fine percussion work by Mongo Santamaria, who plays both conga drums and bongo on this swinging collection of Afro-Latin works. Most of the tunes in the set were penned by Santamaria and they reflect music of Brazil, Haiti and Cuba. The most exciting side is the wild samba "Tumba Le Le," and the prettiest is the Cuban tune "Country Song." Striking work here by the drummer.
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