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Machito

Machito played a huge role in the history of Latin jazz, for his bands of the 1940s were probably the first to achieve a fusion of powerful Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation. At its roaring best, the band had a hard-charging sound, loaded with jostling, hyperactive bongos and congas and razor-edged riffing brass. Machito was the front man, singing, conducting, shaking maracas, while his brother-in-law Mario Bauza was the innovator behind the scenes, getting Machito to hire jazz-oriented arrangers. The son of a cigar manufacturer, Machito became a professional musician in Cuba in his teens before he emigrated to America in 1937 as a vocalist with La Estrella Habanera. He worked with several Latin artists and orchestras in the late '30s, recording with the then-dominant Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat. After an earlier aborted attempt to launch a band with Bauza, Machito founded the Afro-Cubans in 1940, taking on Bauza the following year as music director where he remained for 35 years. After making some early 78s for Decca, the Afro-Cubans really began to catch on after the end of World War II, appearing with -- and no doubt influencing -- Stan Kenton's orchestra (Machito played maracas on Kenton's recordings of "The Peanut Vendor" and "Cuban Carnival") and recording some exciting sides for Mercury and Clef. Upon Bauza's urging, Machito's band featured a galaxy of American jazz soloists on its recordings from 1948 to 1960, including Charlie Parker (heard memorably on "No Noise"), Dizzy Gillespie, Flip Phillips, Howard McGhee, Buddy Rich, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Mann, Curtis Fuller and Johnny Griffin. Playing regularly at New York's Palladium, Machito's band reached its peak of popularity during the mambo craze of the 1950s, survived the upheavals of the '60s and despite the loss of Bauza in 1976, continued to work frequently in the '60s, '70s, and early '80s when the term "salsa" came into use. The band recorded for Pablo (in tandem with Gillespie) and Timeless in its later years, and was playing Ronnie Scott's club in London in 1984 when Machito suffered a fatal stroke. A documentary film by Carlo Ortiz, Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy, was released in 1987. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Baila Baila Baila: 1943-1948

1. Tra La La

2. Almendra

5. La Bata De Olla

6. A Quili Quilito

7. La Peleona

8. Llora Timbero

9. Tierra Va Tembla

10. Cocinero, Cocinero

11. El Marañon

12. Guelele Se Va

13. Bim Bam Bum

14. Son Con Son

15. Cabildo

16. Coco

17. Chacharicha

20. Vuelve Hacia Mi

21. Nague

22. Mango Mangue

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Track List: Machito At The Crescendo

1. Pachanga A La Crescendo

2. Mangos

3. Maggie's Mambo

4. Varsity Drag Combo

5. Cuban Fantasy

6. No Tiene Telerana

7. Ven Conmigo Guajira

8. Bernie And The Wolf

9. El Columpio

10. Ayer Lo Vi Llorar

11. Todo Es

12. Jamaicuba

13. Alma Con Alma

14. Mi Otono

15. Almendra

16. Pent Up House

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Track List: Kenya

1. Wild Jungle

2. Congo Mulence

3. Kenya

4. Oyeme

5. Holiday

6. Cannonology

7. Frenzy

8. Blues A La Machito

9. Conversation

10. Tin Tin Deo

11. Minot Rama

12. Tururato

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Track List: Tremendo Cumban!!

1. Tremendo Cumban

2. Holiday Mambo

3. Bongo Fiesta

4. Donde Estabas Tu

5. Adios

7. Mambo Inn

8. Hay Que Recordar

9. Carambola

11. Mambo Mucho Mambo

12. Si, Si, No, No

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Track List: Afro-Cuban Jazz

1. Cancion

2. Mambo, Pt. 1

3. Mambo, Pt. 2

4. 6/8

5. Jazz

6. Rhumba Abierta

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Track List: Esta Es Graciela

1. Al Fin Llegaste

2. El Abanico

3. Mi Querido Santi Clo

4. Estoy A Mil

5. Ay Jose

6. El Gato Tiene Tres Patas

7. Ya Tu No Estas

8. Guampampiro

9. Celos Negros

10. Sobando El Son

11. Embriagate

12. Si No Eres Tu

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Track List: La Herencia

1. The Herb Vendor ( El Yerbero)

2. Negro Nanamboro

3. Camaguey (Pinero Tenia Razon)

4. Tremendo Cumban

5. Anota Flora Mi Camion

6. Escuchame

7. Yo Tengo Un Mate

8. Franciscua Guajira

9. Freezelandia

10. Heat Wave

11. Beeree Bee C*m Bee

12. Ay Jose

13. Contigo En La Distancia

14. Azulito

15. Sopa De Pichon

16. Soy Salsero

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adios amigos
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The geat machito and his big band what a sound with mario bauza behind the musical arrange and course that band was part of the big tree disputing the 1 place and palladium ballroom
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One of the best
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rfuertes15
uno de los Gigantes del Afro-Cuban-M a m b o - J a z z ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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yemaya1936
Why can't I find a song with Machito's sister Graziella singing? She was fabulous and could bring the house down with some of her numbers.
Someone at Pandora's should do so research.
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aaleon56
the best
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One strong pioneer of jazz latino y que bueno que era.
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Uno de los tres grandes, junto al Sr. Pablo Rodrigez Losada y al Sr.Ernesto Antonio Puente Ortiz.
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eso si es cuban latin jazz ,salsa eso es sabor de cuba nuestra isla del caribe eso se llama ritmo azucar y sabor......
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uno de las leguendas de la musica cuban,latin jaz,salsa,,, , , g r e a t .

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