My father playing a drum he made. Photo in Central Park in 1972.
The guy sitting next to him with the knit cap was 'Gil',he was rumored to have been an undercover FBI agent,sent in to infiltrate the Central Park rumba to get information on "The Young Lords",who were very active in the early 1970's.
Howie, my father and myself. Playing for 'Sevilla Forte's' dance class. Dance studio 23rd street Manhattan 1974.
My father, Jimmy Cruz and myself. Playing at the Central Park rumba in 1980. Chekeres made by my father.
Above is the original 1970 LP cover of "Guaguanco, Patato, Cortijo, canta Orlando Contreras" on the Tecca label.
This is the reissue on CD with several "added" songs not on the original LP. What is really odd (and ridiculous) is they used a photo of "Los Papines" who do not play at all on this... and they"superimposed" a photo of Patatos face onto *Ricardo Abrue's body!! (*Papine) How silly is that!!?? They also "superimposed" Orlando's face on that body. The photo does show a beautiful classic tumbadora made in Cuba by the master 'Gonzalo Vergara'.
In the mid 1970's when I lived in New Orleans, I was part of a back up band for 'Orlando Contreras' that toured with him from New Orleans to Houston and Dallas Texas.I once brought the original LP cover in to a rehearsal.... and Orlando told me: "hide that!!!... don't show it to anybody!!!" He didn't want anyone to know he recorded an LP with "that kind of music".
The New York City Charanga 'Tipica Ideal' recorded "live-en vivo" in 1976 at "The Corso"a nightclub, that during the 1970's was one of the best nightclubs to see, hear and dance to the best latin bands in N.Y.C.
These were recorded by me, live. I took a "Craig" monoral cassette tape recorder into the club and recorded three songs. This was back before Sony even had invented the Sony Walkman!.
With great extended solos by 'Jose "Chombo" Silva' on Violin and the late 'Tommy Lopez'on Conga.Mike Amitin' on bass (he lives around the corner from me), 'Gil Suarez' on piano and I don't remember the other band members at the time of these three recordings. I think it was: Gil Suárez:Piano Mike Amitin:Bass Elisardo Molina:Timbales Aurelio Parada:Violin José "Chombo"Silva:Violin Julian Cabrera:Güiro Tomas López:Tumbadora George Castro:Flute Vicente Consuegra:Vocals Victor Velazquez:Vocals
Ripped from my cassette tape to CD then converted to MP3 @192
Fidel Is Dead! A Novel of the Cuban Aftermath. Author: Richard K. Manoff
"Into the post-Castro, post-Communist turbulence comes media mogul 'Gordon Samson' on a White House mission to Cuba. He is determined to avoid the political struggle in which a junta of military officers and Cuban American businessmen seize power. It is supported by unscrupulous U.S. officials, Congressmen and industrialists seeking to profit from the upheaval. 'Gordon' is sucked into the insurrection that erupts into an international scandal on TV with tumultuous Congressional hearings in the U.S. For some it is an aftermath of smashed careers and wrecked lives but not without its measure of romance, retribution and redemption for others".
Daniel Ponce dead of a heart attack Miami, Florida 2013 R.I.P. / D.E.P.
*** Ibayé bayé tonu ***
'Daniel Ponce' and his first LP as a leader, "NEW YORK NOW!".Recorded in N.Y.C. in 1983, with 'Orlando "Puntilla" Rios', 'Ignacio Berroa', 'Jose "Chi Chi" Trapaga', 'Alberto Morgan', 'Olufemi Mitchell', 'Regenio Tellechea', Paquito D'Rivera and "electro" wizard 'Bill Laswell' among others.On the rumba's, Daniel plays five drums and overdubbed Quinto. With strong messages in "Invación De 80" and "Cojelo Suave"
Besides Puntilla's earlier 1981 LP "From Habana To New York", this was the second LP released in the U.S. to present more "modern" and "Contemporary" forms of Cuban rumba as opposed to the earlier styles that most people had been accustomed to: Mongo, Patato, Totico, etc.(como el dicho: "la timba no es como ayer") LP long out of print, never reissued on CD.Cover photo shows the World Trade Center "Twin Towers".
'Conjunto 3-D' with a very young Beth Carvalho singing in the band (1967) Great band, swinging tight vocal harmonies. Their version of "When The Saints Go Marching In", a New Orleans classic done with a Bossa-jazz feel.
Sergio Mendes was responsible for creating his unique "Bossa, Samba, jazz" sound. There were many who were influenced by that "sound", the 'Bossa Rio' were one of the best. Two LP's by them, out of print and now obscure. Swinging.
The musician on the upper right plays a 'Botijuela'. Also shown are the very early style of Bongoces, connected with cord/rope or piece of leather and "slung" over the drummers knee. With a similar traditional rope and *wedge tuning system (*cuñas") as used in the four Abakúa 'biankomeko' drums.
Live radio interview From WBAI radio 99.5 FM in New York City August 17th 2008 with René Lopéz Sr. talking about Orlando "Puntilla" Rios and the making of the Tio Tom CD. René Lopéz Sr., musicologist, produced the Grupo Folklórico Experimental LP's in the 1970's, produced and reissued Arsenios recordings on the Cariño label in the 1970's, has also produced CD's and managed Chucho Valdés.
Francisco "Frank" Oropesa, my absolute favorite Cuban bongocero of the current era. Clean and articulate, his playing is unfettered from "1,0001 variations of a roll". Playing bongoes hecho en Cuba, no Lp's or foreign crap. Definitely "in the zone"
Three LP covers and one photo showing Panarts studio "Pink Tumbadora", a drum that lived it's life in the Panart recording studios in La Habana and showed up often on several LP covers. (Made by Gonzalo Vergara)
The "original" Cachao "Descargas In Miniature" Panart's Cuban pressing.
(Cachao not with bass over his knee & "Yeyito" standing not sitting.Tata Güines with the studio "Pink Tumbadora".
Armando Orefiche Panart LP
with the studio "Pink Tumbadora"
Merceditas Valdes Panart LP cover With the studio "Pink Tumbadora"
Below is a photo again taken in the Panart studio showing 'Rogelio "Yeyito" Iglesias' holding the "Pink Tumbadora". Also in the photo is Bienvenido Granda, "Yoyo" Casteleiro sitting at the piano and Carlos Barberia standing behind him.
Jesús Peréz standing behind the drummers wearing dark glasses & a baseball cap, next to the musician playing one 'Erikundi'. The early 1980's... the "very Cuban style" of wearing jeans with a six inch cuff.. and then playing beautiful Cuban Tumbadoras, no Lp or foreign crap. (Ahh yes, the good ol' days!)
1. Me Llama Juan Jose 2. Agua Pa' Mayeya 3. No Piensas Así 4. Severino 5. El Gato No Dice Miau 6. Unknown bolero 7. Que cosa es 8. No Te Complicas
Armando Miranda vocalist and composercame to the U.S. from Cuba in 1956. A former member of Los Jovenes Del Hierro. This LP was recorded in 1980, the same year that the "Mariel exodus" took place. Among thethousands of Cubans that came to the U.S.many were musicians,
including Conga player'Daniel Ponce'and drummer 'Ignacio Berroa'. The sessions on this recording produced, arranged & conducted by the legendarylate'German Pfferrer', other musicians include N.Y.C. bass player 'Andy Gonzalez', 'Cachete Maldonado', congas and bongoes,trombonist Papo Vasquezandelectric guitarist 'George Wadenius'.
Cuban LP's and recordings which include particular "styles" and "forms" of (playing & singing) "Cuban" music that unfortunately have become, or are on their way to becoming lost art forms. As well as related materiel which may not be "directly" from Cuba.
Mostly LP's that are either long out of print and-or obscure and music from "my own personal collection".
Occasionally some Brasilian things will be added that are hard to find, even on the other great Brasilian blogs, many that are listed in my Blog links. And maybe some things that have nothing to do with Cuban or Brasilian music.
It takes time to do all this, scanning the covers, resizing and uploading, often changing & correcting the info.
Have fun! "The water most often tastes freshest at its source"
Mark Sanders: Musician / percussionist.
Living, working and teaching in Manhattan, N.Y.C., U.S.A.
Born and raised in Manhattan, N.Y.C.
Lived in New Orleans from 1972 to 1986.
Produced and hosted the first Cuban music radio program in New Orleans on WWOZ from 1980-1986.
Been back in N.Y.C. 28 years and planing on getting the hell out very soon.