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David M. Carp
"As a programmer and producer at WNYC-FM, David M. Carp created feature programs and documentaries focusing on classical, jazz and Latin music. He produced live broadcasts of Latino artists including Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chucho Valdés, Marco Rizo, Ray Santos and Mauricio Smith. In 1993 he co-produced "The Palladium Ballroom: Home of the Mambo" for National Public Radio. He is active as a writer of album and program notes and is a regular contributor to the "Descarga Newsletter" and "Piano Today." David is a passionate collector of oral documentation of Latino musics, jazz and New York City history; he has interviewed at least 150 musicians, dancers, theatrical personalities and record industry operatives. David says, "Two of my all-time favorite composers are Giacchino Rossini and Duke Ellington; both of them are reputed to have said, 'There are only two kinds of music, good and bad.' What these two gentlemen have expressed in their typically epigrammatic way represents my most basic musical beliefs better than any other verbalization I've yet heard. Fischer-Dieskau singing Schubert; Schnabel interpreting Beethoven; Johnny Hodges playing Duke Ellington; Davilita singing or Noro Morales playing Rafael Hernández; Machito's Afro-Cubans performing René Hernandez or Chico O'Farrill--this is all great music making that transcends conventionally defined and narrowly limited boundaries of culture, ethnicity and chronological time. "

David_Carp@descarga.com

Here are some reviews by David M. Carp

Chico O'Farrill, Cuban Blues: The Chico O'Farrill Sessions
CD (Verve/Poly. 533256),Re-Issued 1996;
"Compliments to the producers of this album for excellent production values and for rescuing some prime Chico O’Farrill recordings from tape vault oblivion. One of the great pleasures of this two CD set is being able to hear long-unavailable performances by Bobby Escoto. Some of his interpretations (e.g. 'Tierra Va Temblar') acknowledge his awareness of Miguelito Valdés’s benchmark versions. By the same token, Escoto has a very recognizable style of his own."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-15604.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Chico O'Farrill, Chico O'Farrill & His Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra: Pure Emotion
CD (Milestone 9239),Released 1995;
"After years of writing TV commercials and contributing (however brilliantly) to other people’s projects Chico recorded an entire album of his own music with a hand-picked band. The results show that he’s still the living master of orchestral Afro-Cuban jazz."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-14309.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Conjunto Modelo, Guaguancó En La Habana
CD (Tumbao 059),Released 1954;Re-Issued 1995;
"The Conjunto Modelo was one of the strongest groups that continued the Arsenio tradition in Cuba after his departure to New York; the bassist and director is Arsenio alumnus Lázaro Prieto. 1950s New York musicians turned off by rinky dink interpretations of cha cha were turned around by Modelo’s version of 'Cantando.' I guarantee that you’ll replay this rugged cha cha a few times before going on to the next track."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-14112.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cortijo Y Su Combo, Cortijo Y Kako - Ritmos Y Cantos Callejeros
CD (Ansonia 1477),Released 1970;
"The late Rafael 'Chivirico' Dávila had a beautiful voice for either lead or coro and a good feeling for soneo. What’s less well known is his facility as a songwriter and his knowledge of bomba and plena. Cortijo is certainly a known quantity in this idiom; teaming him up with Chivirico’s vocals and Kako’s percussion produced one of the masterpieces of Afro-Puerto Rican music."
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-2798.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Kako (Francisco Bastar), Cortijo Y Kako - Ritmos Y Cantos Callejeros
CD (Ansonia 1477),
"The late Rafael 'Chivirico' Dávila had a beautiful voice for either lead or coro and a good feeling for soneo. What’s less well known is his facility as a songwriter and his knowledge of bomba and plena. Cortijo is certainly a known quantity in this idiom; teaming him up with Chivirico’s vocals and Kako’s percussion produced one of the masterpieces of Afro-Puerto Rican music."
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-2798.11 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Jerry Gonzalez, Rumba Para Monk - Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band
CD (Sunnyside SSC1036D),Released 1989;
"In the expert hands of Fort Apache’s musical wizards, Monk takes to Afro-Cuban rhythms like fish takes to chips or Al took to Zoot. The González brothers spent years refining their concepts of interpreting Monk in clave. It sure as hell paid off."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-10502.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Jesus "Chucho" Valdes, Lucumi: Piano Solo
CD (Universal/Pimienta 360638),Released 1988;Re-Issued 2004;
"Of all the recordings on which Chucho has played (350 is a conservative estimate) this is the one that he considers most significant and most representative of his style. The sounds of blues, mainstream jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythm and both Cuban and Western European classical music permeate this beautiful album. Let no one think that his versatility is mere facile eclecticism; Chucho’s virtuosity never gets in the way of swing, sabor Cubano and his own poetic sensibility."
Category: Latin Jazz => Afro-Cuban Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-10266.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Jesus "Chucho" Valdes, Lucumi: Piano Solo
CD (Messidor 15976),Released 1988;Re-Issued 2004;
"Of all the recordings on which Chucho has played (350 is a conservative estimate) this is the one that he considers most significant and most representative of his style. The sounds of blues, mainstream jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythm and both Cuban and Western European classical music permeate this beautiful album. Let no one think that his versatility is mere facile eclecticism; Chucho’s virtuosity never gets in the way of swing, sabor Cubano and his own poetic sensibility."
Category: Latin Jazz => Afro-Cuban Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-22709.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Machito And His Afro-Cubans, Kenya: Afro-Cuban Jazz
CD (Roulette/Capitol/Blue Note 22668),Released 1957;Re-Issued 1999;
"Jazz solos from Cannonball Adderley, Joe Newman, Doc Cheatham and Eddie Bert; arrangements by René Hernández and A.K. Salim; the Machito Orchestra directed by Mario Bauzá; and the excellent acoustics of Pathé Studios (located at what used to be the Odd Fellows’ Temple in East Harlem) - it doesn’t get much better than this."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
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Marco Rizo, Ernesto Lecuona - A Musical Legacy
CD (Sampi 101),Released 1993;
"Comparing Marco Rizo’s interpretations with those of his old mentor Lecuona is fascinating. Neither are fanatics for textural literalness; both play with interpretative freedom and tonal allure. The sound of Rizo’s Imperial Boesendorfer piano is beautifully captured by audio engineer Bob Katz."
Category: Dance Traditions => Tropical Dance: Various=> Cuba
ORDER TL-12296.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Mariano Mercerón Y Sus Muchachos Pimienta, Negro Ñañamboro
CD (Tumbao 050),
"Affectionately known as 'El Feo,' Mariano Mercerón was a skilled clarinet and sax player and a dynamic leader who led one of Cuba’s strongest orchestras before moving to Mexico (where he died in 1976) and becoming a specialist in danzones. Self-respecting New York Latin music fans of the 1940s checked their local record stores regularly to see what new Mercerón albums were available; so should you."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-13636.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Moncho Leña Y Sus Ases Del Ritmo - Canta: Mon Rivera, A Night At The Palladium (Compact Disc)
CD (Ansonia 1219),
"Timbalero Moncho Leña and vocalist Efraín 'Mon' Rivera worked together in this dynamic conjunto from 1952 through the end of the decade. Re-formatting plena within the conjunto style of the 1950s and featuring the tongue-twisting trabalengua improvs of Mon Rivera guaranteed packed dancehalls for Los Ases del Ritmo throughout the 1950s both in Puerto Rico and New York. This record shows why. Their rendition of 'Alo, quien ñama' is a real rarity: a protest song that swings like hell."
Category: Dance Traditions => Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Pachanga=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-1250.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Mongo Santamaria, Our Man In Havana
CD (Fantasy 24729),Released 1960;Re-Issued 1993;
"This CD includes two complete Fantasy albums from 1960. One presents innovative hybrids of conjunto and charanga elements facilitated by Niño Rivera’s tres playing and arrangements, and by Willie Bobo’s work on both timbales and bongos. The other draws strength from vocalists such as Merceditas Valdés, Carlos Embale and El Viejo Machucho."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-12135.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Mongo Santamaria, ¡Sabroso! (Compact Disc)
CD (OJC 5281),
"Nobody who heard the charanga that Mongo led in the early 1960s can ever forget the excitement that was generated. With a cast of characters including Chombo Silva, Rolando Lozano, René 'El Látigo' Hernández, Willie Bobo, Victor Venegas playing arrangments by Pupi Legarreta how can you go wrong?"
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-10154.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Mongo Santamaria, Mongo At The Village Gate
CD (OJC 490),Released 1963;Re-Issued 1990;
"This live album features fiery, yet logically constructed jazz-oriented solo work from trumpeter Marty Sheller and reedmen Bobby Capers and Hubert Laws over a cooking foundation provided by Mongo and his rhythm team."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-6984.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Pupi Campo And His Orchestra, Rhumbas And Mambos 1948-51
CD (Tumbao 07),Re-Issued 1991;
"This collection includes bebop-oriented arrangements by Tito Puente and Joe Loco (whom you can also hear on this album). Fifty years later the writing retains its freshness and hipness. Making their contributions are the contrasting bongo styles of Chino Pozo and Johnny 'La Vaca' Rodríguez. The vocalists are Vitín Avilés and Bobby Escoto."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-10272.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Rolando Laserie, 15 Grandes Exitos De Rolando Laserie
CD (Disco Hit 1512),
"Rolando Laserie has a unique way of spinning out his inspirations through each two measure clave unit. He’s also got clarity of diction, an easily identifiable timbre and vocal staying power (after years of belting out those high-flying soneos he’s still at it). Not surprisingly, 'El Guapo de la Cancíon' is an experienced percussionist; he was Beny Moré’s timbalero for several years."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11076.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Steve Berrios, And Then Some!
CD (Milestone 9255),Released 1996;
"This is Steve Berríos’s second album as a leader (the first was 'First World,' also on Milestone). A compelling selection of music drawing on Steve’s profound immersion in straight ahead jazz and both Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican traditions. Performing Monk’s 'Bemsha Swing' with soprano sax (played by Fort Apache teammate Joe Ford), timpani and drumset affirms the melodic strength of Berríos’s percussive concepts."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-15164.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Puente, Cuban Carnival
CD (BMG/Tropical Series 53106),Released 1955;Re-Issued 1990;
"Tito Puente’s arrangements for this album take on the brilliance of Stan Kenton without the ponderousness; the combined presence of Mongo, Willie, Patato, Candido and Bobby Rodríguez make this arguably Tito’s greatest rhythm section. From the first menacing saxophone section trills the music has overpowering sweep. As impressive as the parts are, the sum is indescribably greater."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
ORDER TL-2856.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Vicentico Valdes, Mi Diario Musical
CD (Seeco 3002),
"This compilation contains 'La Montaña,' 'Los Aretes De La Luna,' 'Plazos Traicioneros' and other numbers representing Vicentico in his prime. His ability to play with placement and emphasis of a melody’s words a la Sinatra has been equaled by few."
Category: Bolero => Bolero / Balada
ORDER TL-11867.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart



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