The Conga Kings are back with their second Chesky Records release to prove that these master congueros have more rhythmic tales to tell. Featuring Candido Camero, Carlos "Patato" Valdes and Giovanni Hidalgo, Jazz Descargas is a spontaneous celebration of modern rhythm and melody, a joyous colloquium of jazz and Afro-Cuban sounds by the likes of Machito, Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente. Historically, musically and conceptually, this rhythmic dream team is creating the genuine article. The Conga Kings are joined on Jazz Descargas by special guests Phil Woods, Mario Rivera, Chocolate and Jimmy Bosch.
Main Artists The Conga Kings
Chocolate Armenteros, trumpet
John Benthal, guitar
Jimmy Bosch, trombone
Candido Camero, congas
Guillermo Edghill, bass
Enrique Fernandez, alto sax
Dizzy Gillespie, performer
Joe Gonzalez, percussion
Nelson Gonzalez, tres
Giovanni Hidalgo, congas
Pedro Martinez, vocals
Mike Ponella, trumpet
Chano Pozo, performer
Mario Rivera, sax (baritone)
Julio Salgado, vocals
Mauricio Smith, flute
Carlos “Patato” Valdes, congas
Phil Woods, sax (alto)
Producer David Chesky, Ray Santos
Executive Producer Norman Chesky
Co-Producer Lisa Hershfield, Timothy Parrott
Engineer Rick Eckerle, Nicholas Prout, Barry Wolifson
Assistant Engineer Phillip Sztenderowicz
Editing Engineer Nicholas Prout
Mastering Engineer Nicholas Prout
Recorded March 20 - 22, 2001.
This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.
Jazz Descargas (JD217)
- Un Poco Loco [Bud Powell]
- Tin Tin Deo [Gil Fuller/Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo]
- Caravan [Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Juan Tizol]
- Tumbao De Tamborito [Guillermo Edghill]
- A Night in Tunisia [Dizzy Gillespie/Frank Paparelli]
- Oye Como Va [Tito Puente]
- Manteca [Gil Fuller/Walter Fuller/Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo]
- Conga Descarga [Candido Camero/Giovanni Hidalgo/Carlos Merino Valdes]
- The Peanut Vendor [L. Wolfe Gilbert/Moises Simons/Marion Sunshine]
- Chocolate Descarga [Chocolate Armenteros]
Liner notes by Chip Stern.
Photography by Janette Beckman.
Art Direction by Aldo Sampieri.
Reviews"Jazz Descargas authentically cross-pollinates Afro-Cuban music with Jazz, thanks mainly to improvisations and solos from Phil Woods on also sax, Jimmy Bosch on trombone, the bittersweet trumpet player known as Chocolate...The empty piano chair leaves plenty of room for the congas, saxophones and guitars to dish out the against-the-beat chords that pianos normally play in Latin music to spice up the rhythms...The title track presents an original tour-de-force conga jam credited to all three congueros, beginning with an introduction that's more melody than rhythm (on congas!), and steeping for nearly eight minutes just the right mixture of interlocking virtuosity and head-bobbing, beat crazy funk." - All About Jazz