A Golden Age of music in Havana

Kosa’s Cuban Percussion Summit last weekend was off-the-hook.

I hope everyone who had a chance to participate did.

We’ll be unpacking this one for a long time…maybe a lifetime.

So many gems.

One of the many gems was a guest appearance by Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. who shared the history of this track with us.

The master drummer hipped us to this track and shared his memories of a particularly rich time in Cuban music history, the 1930s to the 1950s.

Here’s the line up and discography info:

Cuban All Stars (A.K.A.) Los Mejores Musicos De Cuba
Album Title: Los Mejores Musicos De Cuba.
GEMA: 1124. Recorded in 1957.
Song Title: Special De Bebo – Descarga.
Author: Bebo Valdez.
Piano: Bebo Valdes.
Trombone: Tojo Gimenez.
Bass: Cachaito.
Tumbadora: Tata Guines.
CUBAN ALL STARS
Bebo Valdes: Piano.
Cachaito: Bass .
Edilberto Scrich: Alto sax.
Emilio Penalver: Tenor Sax.
Negro Vivar: Trumpet.
Osvaldo Penalver: Alto Sax.
Peruchin Justiz: Piano.
Richard Egues: Flute.
Senen Suarez: Electric Guitar.
Tata Guines: Tumbadora.
Tojo Gimenez: Trombone.
Urfe : Bass.
Walfredito De Los Reyes: Bateria.

More about Walfredo Reyes Sr. (with his son Daniel).

– Ken McCarthy
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Streamed live from Havana – June 26-27

What you missed…

I don’t even know how to begin to describe it

Alphabetical order because there is no way to rank these artists though I do list Changuito first which I don’t think any of the artists on the list would disagree with.

Changuito
Yaroldy Abeau
Rondey Barretto
Samuel Formel
Horacia Hernandez
Geraldo Pilota
Enrique Pla
Oliver Valdez

With guests Dr. Olavo Alen Rodriquez and Walfredo Reyes Sr.

Produced by Kosamusic.com

Interview with producer and host Aldo Mazza about this once in a lifetime event

– Ken McCarthy
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Bobby Sanabria’s tribute to Cándido Camero

This is a program that student, colleague, and long time supporter Bobby Sanabria created as a tribute to his friend Cándido Camero (1921- 2020)

Originally broadcast on WBGO.org
Support info

Playlist

“Kenya (feat. Candido)”
Bobby Sanabria & Manhattan School Of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
Kenya Revisited Live! (feat. Candido)
2009 Jazzheads

“Conga Jam”
Candido
Hands of Fire (Manos de Fuego): 60 Years of Cuban Music Exuberance
2010 Latin Jazz Records

“Different Bells”
Billy Taylor
Billy Taylor Trio with Candido
Prestige

“Cheek to Cheek”
Candido Camero
Candido
1956 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

“Perdido”
Candido Camero
Candido
1956 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

“Candido’s Camera”
Candido Camero
Candido
1956 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

“So Beats My Heart for You”
Tony Bennett
The Beat of My Heart
Originally Recorded 1957 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. Originally Released 1957 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. WARNING: All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

“Wild Jungle (2000 Remastered Version)”
Machito
Kenya
2000 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

“Jungoso”
ARTIST:Sonny Rollins
ALBUM:What’s New?
LABEL:℗ 1962, All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

“Conga Soul”
ARTIST:Candido
ALBUM:Conga Soul
LABEL:Roulette

“Take More Candi”
Candido
Snowboy Presents: Afro Cuban Kaleidoscope
This Compilation ℗ 2008 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

“Pinebo (My Story)”
Ellen McIlwaine
Up from the Skies: The Polydor Years
This Compilation ℗ 1998 The Island Def Jam Music Group

“Jimmy Jean”
Ellen McIlwaine
Up from the Skies: The Polydor Years
This Compilation ℗ 1998 The Island Def Jam Music Group

“Busca El Alfiler”
Alfredo Valdes
Pionero Del Son
2007 Cobo Music Inc.

“Wild Jungle (feat. Candido)”
Bobby Sanabria & Manhattan School Of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
Kenya Revisited Live! (feat. Candido)
2009 Jazzheads

“The Five Year Plan (feat. Kari-B3)”
Benjamin Lapidus
Ochosi Blues (feat. Kari-B3)
2014 Benjamin Lapidus

“Mayeya”
Candido
Hands of Fire (Manos de Fuego): 60 Years of Cuban Music Exuberance
2010 Latin Jazz Records

“Manteca”
Bobby Sanabria Big Band
Afro-Cuban Dream: Live & in Clave!
2006 Arabesque Recordings

“Que Viva Candido!”
Bobby Sanabria Big Band
Multiverse
2012 Jazzheads, Inc.

– Ken McCarthy
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Candido on the tres

Candido was known for his peerless work as a bongero and congero.

He also played a mean bass and tres which he mastered as a kid growing up in Havana.

In 1984, Alfredo Valdez talked him into recording on the tres.

Disfruta los resultados

Credits:

Bass – Marino Solano
Bongos – Juan Méndez
Claves – Mario Muñoz “Papito”*
Congas – Alberto “Virgilio” Valdés
Design – Steve Quintana III*
Engineer – Jack Adelman
Guitar – Israel Berrios
Liner Notes – Sergio Bofill
Maracas – Caito
Tres – Candido
Trumpet – Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros
Vocals – Alfredo Valdes

– Ken McCarthy
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Roberto Carcassés Jazz Quartet ft. Bobby Carcassés

Roberto Carcassés Jazz Quartet at Terraza 7 on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 8:00 pm.

$15 cover charge for mezzanine.
$10 Suggested donation for the first floor.

FREE admission for CHILDREN 12 and under, with an adult over 21.

Featuring:

Roberto Carcassés / Piano.
Bobby Carcassés / Trumpet.
Alvaro Benavides / Bass.
Robby Ameen / Drums.

As the son of Afrojazz pioneer Bobby Carcassés, he might have made a decent living by keeping his head down and following in those famous footsteps. But Roberto, sometimes known by the diminutive “Robertico,” pursued a musical path all his own and now he’s on his way to becoming a legend in his own right, a standard-bearer for a young generation taking Cuban music to new heights.

Roberto Julio Carcassés Colón was born in 1972 in Havana’s Playa district and today he lives in Marianao, not far from the Tropicana where his father used to perform five decades ago.

Bobby Carcassés, now 81 years old, has always liked to play anything he could get his hands on – congas, bass, flugelhorn, trumpet, saxophone – in addition to singing. His son, from an early age, leaned towards piano.

Roberto studied percussion at the Escuela Nacional de Arte. He says “I’m in love with the piano, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think like a percussionist. I think a lot about rhythm. For me rhythm is the most important thing. Not rhythm as a genre of music, but as a way of life.”

He also sings but says, “the voice takes time to educate and I’m still in the process of learning.”

Bobby and Roberto have played with renowned musicians such as Chucho Valdés, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson and more. Both are bandleaders, Roberto of the seminal Timba Funk band Interactivo collective, which has featured great international artists like Cimafunk, Melvis Santa and Telmary Díaz, among others.

Roberto Carcasses Jazz Quartet features his father as a very special guest.

– Ken McCarthy
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Peruchín!

Pedro Nolasco Jústiz Rodríguez, better known as Peruchín (January 31, 1913 – December 24, 1977)

We don’t seem to have any video of him so we’ll have to content ourselves with these three cuts.

Pa Gozar, La Mulata Rumbera, Redención


Note: On “La Mulata Rumbera”: Con Pedro Peruchín Jústiz, Orlando Cachaito López, Guillermo Barreto, Gustavo Tamayo, Yeyito Iglesias, Tata Güines

Some of the pianist influenced by Peruchín include Charlie Palmieri, George Shearing, Eddie Palmieri, Papo Lucca, Chucho Valdés and Alfredo “Sabor” Linares. Famed pianist Bebo Valdés was his disciple.

He was the greatest pianist in Cuban music, and there were some very good pianists around in those days: Lilí Martínez, Jesús López, Lino Frías. But what Peruchín could do in one phrase was without equal. And what he did harmonically, rhythmically, was so modern. He was 30, 40 years ahead of his time. Every important Latin pianist I know … has copied or been influenced by him.
– Paquito Hechavarría, 1995

– Ken McCarthy
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