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Jose Rizo
"Jose Rizo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Oxnard, California. He got deep into music while attending the University of California at Santa Barbara as an electrical engineering major. Jose produced a weekly public affairs radio show, "La Voz de la Raza," on Santa Barbara's top 40 radio station KIST and then a weekly barrio sounds show on KCSB-FM, "Barrio Salsoul." He produced the very first Poncho Sanchez concert at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara in November of 1980. Jose has written for numerous publications such as "Latin Beat," "Jazziz," "Firme," "Jazz Review" and "Highlights in Percussion." A few years after moving to Los Angeles, Jose began his "Jazz on the Latin Side" radio show in January of 1990. It airs Friday nights from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm on America's Jazz Station KLON 88.1 FM based in Long Beach. "It's again a real honor and joy to be invited to share with you an additonal thirty-six of my favorite discs from the very impressive Descarga Catalog," says Jose. "I feel that Latin jazz covers a colorful wide spectrum. On my radio show I will feature artists like Santana, War, Azteca and Gil Scott Heron, then travel to another border featuring the Latin side of Art Blakey, Coltrane, Chick Corea, Elvin Jones or Wes Montgomery. This versatility is the beauty of Latin jazz. Listening to this wonderful music gives me such great pleasure. The Latin jazz universe is becoming wider and richer.""

Here are some reviews by Jose Rizo

Chihuahua Martinez & Chihuahua All-Stars, Descarga Cubana
CD (Andale 235459),Released 1964;Re-Issued 1991;
Back in stock!
Led by timbalero Chihuahua Martinez, this CD jams with Afro-Cuban flair. In the 50s and 60s Chihuahua took part in many significant recordings as a sideman with great jazz musicians of that period. To my knowledge, he recorded only two albums under his leadership and they are both complete on this one CD. This CD is jam-packed with straight-ahead conjunto and descarga featuring Chocolate Armenteros (trumpet), Chombo Silva (tenor sax), Rudy Calzado (vocals) and Puppi Legaretta (flute/violin). This one kicks conga! (Jose Rizo, 96/97 Catalog)
Category: Dance Traditions => Descargas/Mambo=> Cuba
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Jerry Gonzalez, River Is Deep - Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band
CD (Enja 79665),Released 1982;
Back in stock. Import title.
This CD documents the young, raw and explosive Fort Apache sound, recorded live in Berlin in 1982. This early Fort Apache Band includes Jorge Dalto (piano), Steve Turre (trombone), Edgardo Miranda (guitar), Nicky Marrero (timbales) and Papo Vasquez (trombone). 'Bebop' simply kicks conga!
(José Rizo, 98/99 Catalog)
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
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Benny Moré, Pare...Que Llegó El Bárbaro
CD (Discuba 501),
"To me, this CD is pure magic. I've listened to it many, many times and I can never get enough of it. Many of today's salsa stars try to imitate his singing style. He was a strong bandleader demanding nothing but the best out of his musicians. I love the soothing bolero, 'Oh Vida.' Beny is my favorite vocalist of all time. His bands grooved something serious. Beny Moré is one of Cuba's most beloved sons. Most of his material is great."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
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Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente: From Havana To New York
CD (Caney 501),Re-Issued 1994;
"Not only is Cachao the godfather of the Cuban bass, but his influence on the way Latin music is played today is enormous. I really believe that every salsa or Latin jazz band today should pay royalties to this great musical master of our time. Not only does this CD capture many of the original 1957 legendary descarga sessions with other Cuban master musicians, but it also includes 1961 sessions recorded in New York City with trumpeter Clark Terry and reed player Jerome Richardson providing jazz overtones."
Category: Dance Traditions => Descargas/Mambo=> Cuba
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Jerry Gonzalez, Ya Yo Me Curé - Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band
CD (Sunnyside 1068),Released 1980;Re-Issued 1995;
"This is another pivotal album that opened the door to a whole new approach to playing Afro-Cuban jazz. The rumba element is much more dominant. This was Jerry's first album as a leader. Here he freely continued to develop his distinctive style of conga drumming within straight-ahead jazz. Versatility is great, but to really dig into a tune and become part of its essence is a rare thing indeed. Jerry has created a very tasty and respectable trumpet voice as well. All of his material is premium. This band is on the cutting edge of Afro-Cuban jazz...hands down."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
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Julio Gutierrez Y Su Orquesta, Progressive Latin
CD (Disco Hit/Gema 1532/3015),Re-Issued 1994;
"What impressed me most about this CD is Julio's use of space and the length of the tunes, considering that in the era when it was recorded, 2 1/2 minute tunes were standard. Great musicians like El Negro Vivar (trumpet) and Chombo Silva (sax) were able to beautifully stretch out over an almost post-bop/Afro-Cuban jazz setting. There is some serious blowing on this disc. This is another essential Latin jazz gem from the late 50s/early 60s."
Category: Latin Jazz => Afro-Cuban Jazz=> Cuba
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Los Terry, From Africa To Camaguey
CD (Tonga 9703),Released 1996;
"A very talented family of young musicians from Cuba who are very active in the new Cuban jazz movement which incorporates traditional folkloric and religious elements. Their sound is fresh, highly innovative, explorative and downright solid. I love it. "
Category: Latin Jazz => Afro-Cuban Jazz=> Cuba
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Mongo Santamaria, Skins
CD (Milestone 47038),Released 1976;
"Mongo has also recorded a good 50 to 60 albums as a leader. His range has been the most colorful, from charanga and conjunto to jazz and Latin-funk. One thing that has always been the common denominator in his music is the rich Afro-Cuban drumming. This CD has a strong 'Blue Note' jazz flavor, recorded with jazz greats Nat Adderley (cornet), Chick Corea (piano) and Hubert Laws (flute/tenor sax). I use two tunes from this CD as theme songs for my radio show--'Dirty Willie' and 'Bembe Blue.' this CD is straight-ahead. After Chano Pozo, Mongo is the next great jazz conguero."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
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Mongo Santamaria, Afro Roots ****
CD (Prestige 24018 (OS6)),Released 1958;
" 'Afro Roots' is an essential disc of incredible Afro-Cuban drumming and rumba. Mongo brought together an impressive assemblage of master musicians: Francisco Aguabella, Willie Bobo, Al McKibbon, Armando Peraza, Emil Richards, Chombo Silva, Carlos Vidal, and Cal Tjader. 'Timbales y Bongo' is a three man show with Aguabella, Bobo and Mongo as a trio.....incredible."
Category: Folkloric => Afro-Caribbean Folklore/Jazz=> Cuba
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Poncho Sanchez, Freedom Sound: Featuring Wilton Felder & Wayne Henderson Of The Jazz Crusaders
CD (Concord Picante 4778),Released 1997;
"Poncho pays a fine tribute to the legacy of the Jazz Crusaders. Poncho Latinized the Jazz Crusader sound beautifully, and he even included Jazz Crusaders Wayne Henderson (trombone) and Wilton Felder (tenor) on some of the tracks. Poncho's band always kicks ass."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
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Ray Barretto, Carnaval
CD (Fantasy 24713),Released 1973;Re-Issued 1993;
"This is a true Latin jazz classic. 'Summertime' and 'Exodus' are my favorites. With masters like El Negro Vivar (trumpet), Chombo Silva (sax) and percussionists like Willie Rodriguez, Ray Mantilla and Rudy Calzado, you know that most of the numbers smoke. This material comes from the early 60s albums 'Latino' and 'Pachangas with Barretto.' This is Ray Barretto's finest Latin jazz work."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa
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Rumba Club, ¡Mamacita!
CD (Palmetto Records 2027),Released 1997;
"This is another, highly contagious, wonderful, recent Latin jazz CD. Andy Gonzalez has really proven himself as a producer. This group jells brilliantly, especially when Andy (bass) is playing. All of the jocks on Jazz Radio KLON love playing cuts from this disc, especially the great jazz broadcaster Chuck Niles."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
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Santana, Santana (First Album: 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition)
CD (Sony/Legacy 65489),Released 1969;Re-Issued 1998;
"Carlos Santana is another important element in the historical growth of Latin music. His unique style of presenting Latin music embellished with blues guitar riffs, wailing organ cries and rock trap drumming blew everybody away. Carlos' innovation was fresh and exciting, and it turned millions of people's curiosity to the world of Latin music. His music made Latin music more acceptable. This was that important first album with memorable tunes like 'Evil Ways' and 'Soul Sacrifice.' I am still totally captivated by his early recordings."
Category: Pop/Other => Rock
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Soul Bossa Trio, Soul Bossa Trio
CD (CuBop 003),Released 1995;
"This is a very interesting band from Japan that uses an organ in their Latin jazz sound. They also use jazzy vocalists on some tracks with jazz guitar, brass and harmonica. The CD sounds great! It's definitely not just a trio. Their sound remotely reminds me of the 'El Chicano' Latin jazz sound of the early 70s. Very creative and innovative stuff."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
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Tito Puente, El Rey
CD (Concord Picante 4250),
"To me this is one of Tito's finest Latin jazz efforts. Coltrane's 'Equinox' kicks. The fact that the great Francisco Aguabella (congas) and the late Jorge Dalto (piano) are part of this session makes this disc that much more special."
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
ORDER TL-118.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Tito Rodriguez, Tito, Tito, Tito
CD (WS Latino 4088),Re-Issued 1989;
"Tito Rodriguez was a master bandleader/vocalist whose professionalism is legendary. He frequently incorporated jazz elements into his music. Tito's bands always swung hard. This wonderful session included the great Israel "Cachao" Lopez on bass. It has two great descargas. Solid!"
Category: Dance Traditions => Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Pachanga
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Willie Bobo, Talkin' Verve
CD (Verve/Poly. 537575),Released 1997;
"Finally, a third CD of Willie Bobo's innovative, guitar driven, piano-less groove. There's a wealth of unforgettable Bobo material on this disc, especially the haunting 'The Look of Love' with Bobo on vocals, and the swingin' 'Lisa,' which I use as one of my theme songs for 'Jazz on the Latin Side' on KLON."
Category: Latin Soul/Boogaloo => Latin Soul, Boogaloo
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