Saturday, October 25, 2008

Congas y Comparsas "Ayer y Hoy" - Cuba - N.Y.C .

"Las Sultanas"
Members of the Comparsa from La Habana, 1954

"Las Sultanas"
1948, '49
"Congas Y Comparsas Del Carnaval Habanero"
Panart 1959
With the bands of Carlos Barberia' y Kubavana
& Alberto Zayas' y Su Grupo Afro Cubano.

I'm partial to the cuts with 'Alberto Zayas' y Su Grupo Afro Cubano as he has two trumpet players one of them is the great Oscar "Floresita" Velasco O'farrill taking several trumpet solos and several Bongo solos taken by who to me sounds like Rogelio "Yeyito" Iglesias.
The coros in the Zayas band
are always excellent and the use of tuba for the bass parts in the arrangements are great.

5. Las Jardineras-A. Zayas
Alberto Zayas' y Su Coro Folklórico
Trumpet: "Floresita", bongoes: "Yeyito"
(Tuba playing the bass lines)

8. Los Marqueses De AtaresAlberto Zayas' y Su Coro Folklórico
Floresita trades with the other trumpet player

10. Por Que Te Pones Asi-A. Zayas
Carlos Embale in the coro

(Tuba playing the bass lines)

12. Conga A Cecilia Valdes
Alberto Zayas' y Su Coro Folklórico
Listen closely at the very end, you'll
hear Carlos Embale singing.

Justi Barreto - "Comparsas Cubanas"Recorded in N.Y.C. 1969

"Papaito" Muñoz 
 plays Quinto on several tracks.

Julito Collazo  
plays Bombo.

2. Yayabo
4. Las Sultanas
6. Las Bolleras
7. Vaya Simon

"Carnaval En Santiago"

An excellent LP on the Egrem label
featuring the Comparsa groups: 'San Augustin', 'Los Hoyos', 'Paso Franco',
Folklórico Del Puerto', 'Herredia', 'La Kimona',
'La Placita'
, 'Textiler
os', and 'La Carabalí'.
Even though the title says "En Santiago", the style of the carnaval rhythm "Conga" alternates between contrasting Havana styles and Santiago styles.
With superb Havana trumpet alternating with the Santiago "Corneta China"("trumpeta China")

This record was produced by Enrique Bonne, percussionist from Santiago, former timbale player with Pacho Alonso and father of Timba singer Ángel Bonne.

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