Kenya + with Flute and Boot
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2 LPs ON 1 CD
This release presents two splendid albums by the celebrated Cuban conga performer Machito (1912-1984), both of which include accompaniment by first-rate jazz stars. The LPs are "Kenya-Afro Cuban Jazz" (Roulette SR-52006), on which Machito is joined by Cannonball Adderley, and "With Flute ti Boot (Roulette SR-52026), featuring Herbie Mann (who also plays on "Kenya" and composed all of the tunes here). These sessions also boast such outstanding musicians as Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller, and Joe Newman.
TRACKS [1-12]: KENYA - AFRO CUBAN JAZZ ( 4 Stars Downbeat Magazine)
Machito (maracas & leader)
Cannonball Adderley, Joe Livramento (as),
Doc Cheatham, Paul Cohen, Joe Newman, Francis Williams, Frank “Paquito” Davilla (tp)
Mario Bauza (tp, dir), Bart Varsalona (b-tb)
Curtis Fuller, Santo Russo, Eddie Bert, Rex Peer [replaces Bert on 11-12] (tb)
Herbie Mann (fl), Johnny Griffin, Ray Santos, Jr., Bob McCullen, José Madera, Sr. (ts)
Leslie Johnakins (bar), René Hernández (p, cga), Roberto Rodríguez (b)
Cándido Camero, José Mangual, Ubaldo Nieto, Pedro Boulong, Robert McAucliffe, José “Chombo” Silva, Carlos “Patato” Valdés, Nilo Sierra, Paul Cohen (perc).
New York, December 17 (tracks 3, 5 & 10), December 19 (tracks 11-12)
& December 24 (tracks 1-2, 4, 6-9), 1957.
TRACKS [13-24]: WITH FLUTE TO BOOT
Similar personnel, featuring Machito (maracas & leader), Herbie Mann (fl), Curtis Fuller (tb) & Johnny Griffin (ts).
New York, late 1958.
01 WILD JUNGLE
02 CONGO MULENCE
08 BLUES À LA MACHITO
10 TIN TIN DEO
11 MINOR RAMA
13 BRAZILIAN SOFT SHOE
14 LOVE CHANT
16 RING A LEVIO
17 AFTERNOON DEATH
18 TO BIRDLAND AND HURRY
19 CALYPSO JOHN
20 THE AFRICAN FLUTE
23 THE DAVIS CUP
24 ANSWER ME
Total Time: 76:45