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Mongo Santamaria - Greatest Hits [Bonus Tracks]

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • ASIN: B00004U2GO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits by Mongo Santamaria

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Ever since Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría arrived in the United States from Cuba in the late 1940s and hooked up with bebop legend Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, and Pérez Prado, he's been the most imitated conga drummer in Latin jazz and salsa music. Further, his pioneering flute-violin charanga bands have almost singly expanded the parameters of Latin sounds in America.

These 1960s Columbia Records sides contain his coveted hip-shaking pop covers with flutist Hubert Laws, master santero Julito Collazo, drummer Bernard Purdie, and trumpeter Marty Sheller, with Santamaría and company conjuring up fun and campy red-beans-and-rice versions of Top 40 soul classics. Santamaría lays the boogaloo down on James Brown's "Cold Sweat," the Temptations' "Cloud Nine," Ritchie Valens's "La Bamba" and Booker T. and the MG's' hit, "Green Onions." But make no mistake, Mongo Santamaría was no novelty act. His rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" and his own composition, the 6/8 syncopated standard, "Afro Blue"--recorded by legions of musicians, including John Coltrane, and captured live on this compilation--best showcases his thunderous and articulate polyrhythmic genius linking Africa and the Americas. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Man Called Mongo. May 21, 2003
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During his long and extensive career, Mongo Santamaria fused sensual Cuban rhythms with r&b and jazz, making him one of the most revered musicians of our time. This hits collection compiles sixteen of the percussionist's most essential recordings, and they all have "class" written all over them. Covering material from the mid to late 1960s, the music here conjures up images of a hot July beach party, tequilas and all. He admirably covers the Otis Redding classic "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"--years before Michael Bolton had the chance to butcher it. There's also the groovy sax-flavored "Twenty Five Miles," the breezy "Fat Back," and "Cold Sweat." But this disc saves the best for last with the closing track, a 10 minute live recording of "Afro Blue." If you want to bear witness to the depth of Mongo's talent, then hear this jam, which is a memorable mix of Cuban percussion and traditional jazz. Thanks to the perfect harmony in which the band performs, "Afro Blue" is a brilliant piece of work that gets under your skin and stubbornly stays there. To be honest, I was introduced to Santamaria through my Dad, who was a huge fan of not only jazz, but particularly Latin-flavored jazz. When I learned of Mongo's passing, I revisited his work and decided to pick up this disc, which instantly gave me childhood memories. But even more important than that, this hits collection is a great survey that loudly answers the question, "What was so great about Mongo Santamaria?" The answer lies in this CD.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' R&B with extra salsa November 14, 2002
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Contrary to other reviews of this album, I find Mongo in his element when applying his Latin rhythms to classic R&B. On most of these tracks it works, on some it REALLY works. If you're a fan of up-tempo, beat driven classic R&B you will love this collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars thumping February 6, 2010
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Mongo Santamaria is one of the great percussionist of modern jazz. He made jazz more than just a listening experience. With Mongo playing you could move to the music in ways that other jazz forms did not allow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dance time! June 27, 2014
By Barbara
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Mongo is fun listening, you can't go wrong with his music. I would recommend all his music for lovers of Latin Jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat! January 14, 2014
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No oldie station will remember "Watermelon man", so it is a pleasure adding this album to my collection. Thank you!
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pink 'Palm Beach' October 30, 2003
By MydaRay
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The last cut, the exquisite 'Afro Blue' is worth the price of the CD or, at least, that is what I am telling myself now that I own it. 'Watermelon Man' adds the other star for nostalgia's sake and 'Chili Beans' is admittedly funky. What remains though is a strange excursion into commercial bugaloo / R&B - think 'Austin Powers' meets 'Beach Blanket Bingo' - actually painful to listen to. It must have been a case of an artist (get 'Afro Roots' or 'Sabroso') providing what his producers and market demanded. Danceability? If you're throwing a 'Retro-Retro 60's' party, this is the CD for it; bring your pink 'Palm Beach' sport coat and your madras shorts.

Forgive me, Mongo. I've just listened to Greatest Hits for the first time in more than ten years (other than the
Afro Blue cut)and have had to reevaluate what was my uninformed and decidedly incorrect review from 2003. This is
high octane musicianship which takes 'bugaloo' to some very unique jazz inspired realms. I suppose it initially offended me because I couldn't appreciate its speed and what seems now to be an inspired, orchestrated chaos. It's not dance music. Mea culpa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mongo October 14, 2007
By Ed Poe
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Not a fan of Mongo Santamaria, particularly, I got this collection primarily for a copy of his pop hit, "Watermelon Man". I am pleased to have some of his other sounds. The striking girl in the picture was worth the $$.
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