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  • Cuban Funk/Jazz

    There was a documentation about Cuban Jazz players in the German cinema about 5 years ago. Called Buena Vista Social Club. My girlfriend likes the music a lot and bought about 4 CDs by those very old Jazz musicians. Mostly piano with a nice Cuban rhythm to it. I don't like the CDs, but the musical style is great.

    I was looking for Cuban Funk Jazz a lot these days (there's some records on eBay.de), but really don't know anything about Cuban music. I once bought an LP called "Afro-Cuban Jazz" on the German Pläne label. Kinda fusionish. Doesn't have that 70s sound to it. More like 80s Jazz.

    Is there any Cuban Funk? Any tight groovy Jazz by Cubans? Some of the Cuban records are extremely expensive. I don't even know if those expensive records are Salsa or Jazz or Funk or Merengue or Samba...

  • #2
    I can't help you much mate. But teddy rosso is the man here. I know he scooped up some lovely cuban gear maybe a couple of years ago.

    Where is the man rosso these days!?!?

    Oh but I do know there are good 'Emiliano salvador' records. Lemme go hunt.

    Emiliano salvador - y su grupo (Areito)
    Juan Pablo Torres ??

    Check this japanese site. They seem to like all things jazz/funky.

    http://www.h2.dion.ne.jp/~elsur/contents/vinyl/cuba/
    Last edited by sermad; 18-03-2005, 11:44 AM.
    www.thesoundlibrary.net <- Changed URL

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    • #3
      Well I'm totally bummed that I missed this. My snipe was nowhere near high enough - wish I could read ebay minds (one of my deffo 3 wishes, well not really - I'd just wish for the power to have raer radar)

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT
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      • #4
        Juan Pablo Torres' 70s stuff on Areito is fantastic. Basically latin, but with heavy funk influences. Its full of strange synthesiser sounds and scorching flute and trombone solos. 'Rompe Cocorico?, 'Descarga en Pastel'... its all experimental and funky.
        also check out Los Van Van's early stuff. 'LLegue llegue' is one of my all-time favourites - slow, rolling, funky organ stuff.
        Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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        • #5
          Irakere (especially a track called - 'scuse probably off-beam spelling - 'Chekereke Son'?) Was a big one at the old Nottingham 'Jazz In The Box' back in the day, huge funky percussive track with bells on...
          a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nick Cope
            My snipe was nowhere near high enough...

            http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT
            Hang on, is it going all Mantis versus Trouble in Stoke Newington???

            You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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            • #7
              No, nothing like that.
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              http://makethingsmatter.com

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              • #8
                Afro-Cuban funk

                Dizzy Gillespie y Machito : Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods : Pablo 2310 771

                It's a German release - may be easy to find / inexpensive there...
                Big Latin band grooves with solid bass lines, belting horns - they even throw in Moog or Arp or whatever a 'synthesizer' was in 1975.
                CORSO: What kind of advice you got for politicians?

                BURROUGHS: Say the truth once and for all and shut up forever.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by space debris
                  Dizzy Gillespie y Machito : Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods : Pablo 2310 771

                  It's a German release - may be easy to find / inexpensive there...
                  Big Latin band grooves with solid bass lines, belting horns - they even throw in Moog or Arp or whatever a 'synthesizer' was in 1975.
                  Oh boy! I've seen this in a record store that closed down 3 months ago. It was only 3 Euros. I forgot all about it. Pablo is underrated. There's some great stuff on Pablo. Especially by Dizzy!

                  I used to come across 2 (live) Irakere LPs in Germany, but none of them sounded funky. I know about the 'Chekereke Son' track, but what LP is it on?

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                  • #10
                    I have one Irakere record. I can't find it at the moment but I think it's from a sweden- It might be a sweden-only and it has one nice song on it.

                    Dress


                    P.S. Wassup Grope?

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                    • #11
                      Anyone been to Cuba? What's it like for finding records?

                      A couple of my pals are going soon. I might give them a shopping list based on the above.
                      Endless Tripe

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Grope
                        I used to come across 2 (live) Irakere LPs in Germany, but none of them sounded funky. I know about the 'Chekereke Son' track, but what LP is it on?
                        I think it was the title cut on the original LP, and it also appears as the title cut of a recent VampiSoul 'best of' kind of thing. As the rest of 'Chekere Son' (checked the spelling) wasn't especially funky, the other tracks on this might be a better bet for funkiness, though I've not heard it myself:

                        http://www.vampisoul.com/shop/index....tml&lang=en-us

                        For samplers, you could do worse than find the Luaka Bop Cuba samplers David Byrne put out in the early - mid 90s, I have a couple of those on tape still and remember some really nice cuts, and a LOT of variety...everything from trad and folky stuff to Cuban hard rock and funk. I've just talked myself into listening to them again, actually!

                        I'm assuming the likes of Tito Puente, Candido, Perez Prado, Joe Bataan, Tania Maria, Mongo Santamaria, Pucho etc count more as US Latin than specifically Cuban, by the way. If we start letting them into the thread, the possibilities suddenly become endless...
                        a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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                        • #13
                          latin ting

                          the irakere tune ..encventro, is especially nice on the nu yorica 2(soul jazz lp) extracted from a rare jap album?...also for me another hot latin lp is Caliente Brass ..ralph robles octet ...can't get enough of the track ....Willie's Movement.......sid

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by son of stan
                            Anyone been to Cuba? What's it like for finding records?

                            A couple of my pals are going soon. I might give them a shopping list based on the above.
                            I went about 5 years ago. Not easy at all to find records and I Explored the whole country. My best finds were in people's front rooms with grandma sitting in the background watchng TV!!

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                            • #15
                              Chekere Son...two versions I know of. there's the one on the finnish irakere lp, released in 1976 on the love label. a nice funky version with loads of percussion and rhodes all over. a bit more acoustic sounding than the other one on the japanese live lp from 1980. this one's a deep latin-disco-funk version. almost ten minutes of pure bliss, mad sax solos and chanting by the band. it's on jvc.
                              ...

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