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Mucho Macho Machito
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
One of the key innovators in Latin jazz, percussionist Frank "Machito" Grillo fused deep percussive grooves with high-intensity horn sections and work by some of the greatest soloists of his era. These 24 sides, made in 19... more »
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One of the key innovators in Latin jazz, percussionist Frank "Machito" Grillo fused deep percussive grooves with high-intensity horn sections and work by some of the greatest soloists of his era. These 24 sides, made in 1948 and '49 for producer Norman Granz's Clef label, are among the most striking examples of the form. Perfect for both listening and dancing, tracks such as "Asia Minor," "Gone City," and "Mambo Jambo" are endlessly fascinating. The truest test of Mucho Macho, however, may be the cheesily titled number "Hall of the Mambo King" and the covers of "Tea for Two" and "The World Is Waiting for Sunrise," which are nearly as powerful as everything else here. --Rickey Wright
Machito & His Orchestra- "Mucho Macho"
L. Dequesada | JAMAICA,, NY United States | 10/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great compilation most likely taken from mint condition 78 rpm singles recorded for Norman Granz' "CLEF" label in 1948 and 1949 in NYC. During those glorious years the Machito Jazz Band was at its peak,under the skillful musical direction of the great Mario Bauza, who at the time also lead the orchestra's trumpet section. The only flaw I find with this re-issue is that the sound quality needed improvement and didn't receive it. In re-issuing these priceless recordings, better masters should've been sought. Other than that it is perhaps the best compilation of Machito 1940's recordings. "Un Poquito de Tu Amor", "Asia Minor", "Cleopatra's Rhumba", "Llora Timbero", "Donkey Serenade',"St.Louis Blues",etc. are all masterpieces, the orchestration and musical arrangements and percussion are simply outstanding, but then that's what made the Machito Band outstanding and perhaps the best at that time. Don't miss this great CD."