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Jazz is of course essentially an African American genre- but as it spread across the world it took on different attributes. Whereas in the USA it was an urban black (and therefore necessarily proletarian) phenomenon , when Jazz reached Europe it became the popular music of privileged young people (in England), the preserve of intellectuals (in France) or the subject of analysis regarding the relative merits of its proletarian yet paradoxically decadent qualities (in the Soviet Union). From the outset Jazz was open to cross pollination (fusion) with other genres , Bechet being an early example, and it was in the Latin American countries that provided a rich source for many such projects. In Latin America jazz melded into the rich traditions of dance music…

Vol One: 1. Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – Swing Thing 2. Ray Barretto – Descarga La Moderna 3. Cal Tjader – Mambero 4. Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – Guanco Lament 5. Mongo Santamaria featuring La Lupe – Este Mambo 6. Louie Bellson – Sentido En Seis 7. Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band – Viva Cepeda 8. Pete and Shelia Escovedo – Solo Tu 9. Juan Amalbert’s Latin Jazz Quintet – Jackie’s Mambo 10. Terry Gibbs – Kick Those Feet 11. Cal Tjader – I Showed Them 12. Mongo Santamaria – Bac
Vol Two: 1.Francisco Aguabella –Shirley’s Guaguancho 2.Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers- Heat! 3.Louie Bellson and Walfredo De Los Reyes Salsa en Cinco 4.Freddie McCoy- Spiderman 5.Cal Tjader- Manuel Deeghit 6. The Latin Jazz Quintet- Out of This World 7. Ray Barretto- Exodus 8. Mongo Santamaría- Mazacote 9. Red Garland Trio plus Ray Barretto- Manteca



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