SIR GEORGE SHEARING & HIS QUINTET + LATIN PERCUSSION – “CALI MAMBO” – 1958

LatinLace_Vinyl_LPGeorge 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).

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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.”

Latin_Lace_1Cast: George Shearing (p) Emil Richards (vib) Toots Thielemans (g) Al McKibbon (b) Percy Brice (d) Armando Peraza (perc) – Released in 1958 by Capitol Records.

The CD can be obtained @anazoom, the LP can be found on eeBuy, or HERE.

— And now?

Now, I leave you alone with the Latin Lady, and your hopeless dream of dancing mambo with her.

¡Olé!

Shearingly yours truly,
Brew

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]
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3 Responses to SIR GEORGE SHEARING & HIS QUINTET + LATIN PERCUSSION – “CALI MAMBO” – 1958

  1. Love this stuff. The octave playing so common in Latin music piano playing-Shearing (and Garner) must have heard it and I have a feeling their spin got heard by Latin musicians too.

  2. Brew says:

    Yeah, Steve, Shearing & Garner had a perfect feeling for Latin rhythms. It’s all about timing, and phrasing, not about virtuosity in the first place. — Fats Navarro could also play perfectly over Latin rhythms; his solos on Tadd Dameron’s “Jahbero”, or on “Casbah” are clearly going into this direction. Too bad he could never refine his abilities in that style. Well, Sonny Rollins took over and did it for him.

  3. JazzDate says:

    I wanna thank you for supporting this great music. Keep up the good work. I’ll subscribe to your site also. Thanks!

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