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cdcovers/mongo santamaria/summertime.jpg (Photo credit: exquisitur)

I feel the need to dig into more Latin sounds now, and one of the first things that comes to my mind when I think of Latin music is the rhythm laid out by the percussionists.

There’s that mix of Afro-Cuban sound that’s so prominent that grabs my attention and holds it, banging on the congas with a style all its own, a style that became predominant in Latin jazz with masters like Mongo Santamaria.

Santamaria gave us jazz classics like “Afro Blue,” and his take on Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” from 1963 became a part of the Grammy Hall of Fame in the late 1990s.

He played with some of the giants of jazz, such as Dizzy Gillespie.  But, after all, Mongo was a giant of jazz himself, so that’s certainly no surprise.


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