Various Artists

The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (Box Set) (888072053618)

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The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (Box Set)

Various Artists

Craft Recordings


GEN 156251




CD 66,11 €


Just as American jazz musicians of the 1950s typically headed off to jam sessions following their last sets at clubs, Cuban musicians did the same in Havana. Musicians who dressed in guarachera shirts to play for tourists in hotel ballrooms slipped into button-down shirts and slacks after work at 3 a.m. and headed off to play for themselves. In some cases, they wound up at the recording studio of Ramo´n Sabat's Panart Records. There, a dozen or so guests stood along the studio's perimeter waiting to enjoy the music. Musicians and guests were usually fortified by food and rum and cola, creating a party atmosphere. The results of these early-morning gatherings were five albums entitled Cuban Jam Session Vol. 1-5.

The music on these discs provides insights into the development of Latin jazz by legendary Cuban musicians before, during and apart from the Castro regime. As you'll hear, the improvised music has strong, rich rhythms but there's a quaint lyricism as well. It's not as explosively mambo-centric as American Cuban dance music of the period, emphasizing instead individual jazz-inspired soloists and the more subtle and nuanced countryside folk forms popular in Cuba.

Vol. 1 was recorded in 1956 and was directed by jazz-influenced pianists Julio Gutie´rrez and Pedro Nolasco Jústiz Rodríguez.
Vol. 2 was recorded in 1957 and was led by the same musicians.
Vol. 3 was recorded in 1962 in Havana, despite Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. It was led by be-bop influenced guitarist Nin~o Rivera, who played the tres.
Vol. 4 was recorded in 1957 and was led by bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez.
And Vol. 5, led by flutist Jose Fajardo, was recorded in New York in 1964. By then, Sabat had fled Cuba.


01. Introduction
02. Theme On Perfidia
03. Theme On Mambo
04. Cimarron
05. Theme On Cha Cha Cha
06. Opus For Dancing
07. Theme For Conga


01. Jam Session (Descarga Caliente)
02. Rumba Theme
03. Listen To The Rhythm Of The Chachacha
04. Bata Rhythm


01. Montuno – Swing
02, Montuno Guajiro
03. Cha Cha Cha Montuno
04. Guanguanco – Comparsa


01. Trombon Criollo
02. Controversia de Metales
03. Estudio en Trompeta
04. Guajeo de Saxos
05. Oye Mi Tres Montuno
06. Malanga Amarilla
07. Cogele el Golpe
08. Pamparana
09. Descarga Cubana
10. Goza Mi Trompeta
11. A Gozar Timbero
12. Sorpresa de Flauta


01. Juaniquita
02. Pa' Coco Solo
03. Busco una Chinita
04. Guajirando
05. Goza el Montuno
06. Vamos a Gozar
07. La Flauta de Jose
08. La Charanga
by José Fajardo