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Afro Cuban Jazz Suite [Import]

MachitoAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 8, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B0000QX0NI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Japanese Limited Edition in an LP-STYLE Slipcase.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Early collaboration between jazz and Afro-Cuban musicians February 15, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
This short album is a part of a larger one titled The Latin Bird. It's track 4 on that album and all six tracks are simply lumped together under the title Afro Cuban Jazz Suite and credited to Charlie Parker. That is tragic in a way because Machito (born as Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo and known as Frank Grillo) was the real innovator in establishing and fusing together the music style that has come to be known as Afto-Cuban jazz. I'll sidestep that egregious injustice and focus on the music itself.

The best way to get a feel for this album is to listen to the sound samples provided on this page. The recording quality is more than adequate considering the state of technology when this album was recorded.

Regardless of misplaced credits, this is an historic recording because it included some of the top Latin musicians collaborating with some top jazz musicians and pulling off a fusion of the two styles.

Sources indicate that this session took place in New York on December 21, 1950, although other sources cite December 1948. In fact both may be correct - some of the tracks could have been recorded on December 20, 1948 because many of the musicians on this album also recorded tracks for a now out-of-print album titled The Genius Of Charlie Parker #6 for Fiesta Records and later issued as Verve MGV 8008. Those tracks also show up on the album I linked to above.

Personnel: Trumpet Section: Mario Bauza, Frank 'Paquito' Davilla, Harry Edison, Al Stewart and Bob Woodlen.

Reed Section: Charlie Parker, Fred Skerritt and Gene Johnson on alto saxophone; Jose Madera and Flip Phillips on tenor saxophone.
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