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Machito: El Padrino [Digipak] *

Audio Samples

>Tanga
>Wild Jungle
>Bimbi Si - (featuring Graciela)
>Guantanamera - (featuring Graciela)
>Abanico, El - (featuring Graciela)
>Ebony
>Oyeme Mamá - (featuring Graciela)
>Carabunta
>Volcán - (featuring Graciela)
>Barbarabae
>Beeree Bee Cum Bee - (featuring Graciela)
>Quimbombo
>Tennessee Waltz
>Guaria con el Tolete, El - (featuring Marcelino Guerra)
>Cannonology
>Azulito
>Santo en Nueva York, El
>Cooking Cooking
>No Down Payment
>How Deep Is the Ocean How High Is the Sky
>Relax and Mambo
>Ay José - (featuring Graciela)
>Au Revoir
>Ahora Sí - (featuring Graciela)
>Latin Cornbread
>Doug's Room
>Brazilian Soft Shoe - (featuring Herbie Mann)
>Sí-Sí, No-No - (featuring Graciela)
>Lloriqueando
>Song of Lisbon
>Remember Me [Recordare Tu Boca] - (featuring Graciela)
>Coisa Nova
>Cuba
>Yo Soy la Rumba
>Rumba Ace
>Mambo a la Savoy
>Bejuco, El - (featuring Graciela)
>In Havana [Pa'lla Pa'ca]
>I Care
>Bananas - (featuring Graciela)
>Love Chant - (featuring Herbie Mann)
>Congo Mulence
>One Note Samba
>Jammin' with Machito

Track List

>Tanga
>Wild Jungle
>Bimbi Si - (featuring Graciela)
>Guantanamera - (featuring Graciela)
>Abanico, El - (featuring Graciela)
>Ebony
>Oyeme Mamá - (featuring Graciela)
>Carabunta
>Volcán - (featuring Graciela)
>Barbarabae
>Beeree Bee Cum Bee - (featuring Graciela)
>Quimbombo
>Tennessee Waltz
>Guaria con el Tolete, El - (featuring Marcelino Guerra)
>Cannonology
>Azulito
>Santo en Nueva York, El
>Cooking Cooking
>No Down Payment
>How Deep Is the Ocean How High Is the Sky
>Relax and Mambo
>Ay José - (featuring Graciela)
>Au Revoir
>Ahora Sí - (featuring Graciela)
>Latin Cornbread
>Doug's Room
>Brazilian Soft Shoe - (featuring Herbie Mann)
>Sí-Sí, No-No - (featuring Graciela)
>Lloriqueando
>Song of Lisbon
>Remember Me [Recordare Tu Boca] - (featuring Graciela)
>Coisa Nova
>Cuba
>Yo Soy la Rumba
>Rumba Ace
>Mambo a la Savoy
>Bejuco, El - (featuring Graciela)
>In Havana [Pa'lla Pa'ca]
>I Care
>Bananas - (featuring Graciela)
>Love Chant - (featuring Herbie Mann)
>Congo Mulence
>One Note Samba
>Jammin' with Machito

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (p.59) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[M]ost of this stuff kills, with fiery singing from Graciela, airtight arrangements designed for maximum punch, and sharp solos."

Album Notes

Audio Remasterer: Alex Abrash.

Liner Note Author: Robbie Busch.

Machito led one of the two or three finest mambo orchestras during the classic period (the late '40s and early '50s), and his innovations only continued during the '50s and '60s, when he recorded the sides heard on this Fania compilation. Almost perfectly divided between music from the late '50s and the '60s, El Padrino may lack all of his early mambos (the heart of his legend), but nonetheless, it includes plenty of great material, none better than his torrid 1965 number "Tanga," which leads off this compilation, and while it's been collected numerous times in numerous contexts, it doesn't drag at all. Machito's exploration of all manner of Afro-Cuban rhythms and forms during these years is best heard on his classic (and focused) Latin LPs like Asia Minor and Kenya, but for the listener who wants all of it now, El Padrino is the place to find the most. ~ John Bush



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