Cal Tjader

Latino w/Mongo Santamaria (Limited Edition) (HONEY062)

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Latino w/Mongo Santamaria (Limited Edition)

Cal Tjader



LPS 169718




LP 16,51 €

Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez (April 7, 1917 – February 1, 2003) was a rumba quinto master and an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue", recorded by John Coltrane among others.

In 1950 he moved to New York where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, etc. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s. His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.


  • Cal Tjader - (vibes)
  • Paul Horn, Rolando Lozano - (flute)
  • Jose "Chombo" Silva - (sax)
  • Lonnie Hewitt, Vince Guaraldi - (piano)
  • Al McKibbon, Eddie Coleman, Victor Venegas - (congas)
  • Willie Bobo - (timbales)


  • SIDE A
  • A1. Afro-Blue
  • A2. Cuban Fantasy
  • A3. Rezo
  • SIDE B
  • B1. Mambo Terrifico
  • B2. Night In Tunisia
  • B3. The Continental