Mongo Santamaria

Watermelon Man! (8055515230024)

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Watermelon Man!

Mongo Santamaria

Cornbread Records

8055515230024

LPS 162925

8055515230024

LATIN

1

LP 24,78 €

180 GRAM VINYL

LIMITED CLASSIC EDITION

5 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man was a gigantic hit for Mongo Santamaria in 1962, doing for him in the '60s what Pérez Prado's big mambo hits did for him in the '50s. Naturally, then, the follow-up LP to the single is devoted to 12 airplay-length tracks loaded with bright, swinging Latin cha-chas and mambo rhythms mixed with blues, soul, and jazz, presumably suitable for twisting the night away. Rodgers Grant's piano supplies a good deal of the harmonic foundation of jazz, with the help of an occasional jazz solo from saxes Pat Patrick and Bobby Capers, while Marty Sheller's commanding party-time trumpet rides above Santamaria's thundering congas. In this setting, even the venerable "The Peanut Vendor" is brought right up to date.

PERSONNEL:

  • Mongo Santamaria - conga, drums
  • Marty Sheller - trumpet
  • Bobby Capers, Pat Patrick - saxes
  • Mauricio Smith - flute
  • Rodgers Grant - piano
  • Victor Venegas - bass
  • Ray Lucas - drums

New York, December 17, 1962

TRACKS:

  • SIDE A
  • A1 Watermelon Man
  • A2 Funny Money
  • A3 Cut That Cane!
  • A4 Get The Money
  • A5 The Boogie Cha Cha Blues
  • A6 Don't Bother Me No More
  • SIDE B
  • B1 Love, Oh Love
  • B2 Yeh-Yeh!
  • B3 The Peanut Vendor
  • B4 Go Git It!
  • B5 Bayou Roots
  • B6 Suavito