George Shearing’s “Cali Mambo” is one of the most modern sounds ever executed by the famous quintet.
As you may know, I’m always searching for modal tunes *before* the actual “modal” era in jazz began.
This track is certainly one of them (the same goes for Bud Powell’s Un Poco Loco (all 3 takes!), also played in a “modal” Latin mood, but seven years earlier).
Besides the wonderful music, is this probably the sexiest LP-cover among all Shearing covers. George Shearing, in his typical witty way, replied to the question on who’d chosen all those beautiful models for his front covers:
“I’ve chosen them myself … with braille.”
Cast: George Shearing (p) Emil Richards (vib) Toots Thielemans (g) Al McKibbon (b) Percy Brice (d) Armando Peraza (perc) – Released in 1958 by Capitol Records.
— And now?
Now, I leave you alone with the Latin Lady, and your hopeless dream of dancing mambo with her.
Shearingly yours truly,
CALI MAMBO (transferred from my original stereo-LP)
Here comes Brew’s service for the Spanish speaking readers 😉[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAMdV8l6UTw&w=370&h=265]
P.S. — The very first Latin album by the quintet, Latin Escapade (also showing a brilliant female on the cover), sported another mambo in the Shearing mood, entitled “Mambo With Me”:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEWvUNXA_fA&w=370&h=265]
Here’s a brilliant P.S. RE: Early “modal” playing (go to YouTube for a better sound):[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9K0L018hfA&w=370&h=265]