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Mark Dimond

An associate of Willie Colón's late-'60s band who also played a small part in Héctor Lavoe's early solo career, Mark Dimond was a splendid pianist with a deft touch, as well as an excellent arranger. Brujeria, his first LP, appeared in 1971 on the Vaya label, thanks to help from Larry Harlow and Johnny Pacheco. Although it was a one-shot, it's one of the more interesting salsa records of the classic era. Dimond's piano playing was in similar company to Eddie Palmieri, playful and elegant, and Brujeria allowed him a lot of soloing space. His piano also appeared on Ismael Quintana's self-titled debut for Vaya in 1974, and one year later, Dimond made his highest-profile contribution, for Héctor Lavoe's debut splash, La Voz. Also in 1975, Dimond produced his second solo LP, Beethoven's V, co-billed with Frankie Dante. Dimond, however, never headed a session again, reportedly brought down by drug addiction. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Mark diamond would've been like jimmy Hendrix at d piano I thought marcolino was hispano
That was one bad piano player.Smoot h
The first time I heard Mark play was in Willie Colon's The Hustler....w i t h Hector Lavoe. Loved him since.
Yo no tengo pena is a haunting scorcher. I hadn't heard of Mark Diamond and that makes it all the more impressive. Good God- what was in the water in New York in the later 60's/early 70's? I can't get enough of the salsa from that era!
ONE OF MY FAVORITE SALSA PIANISTS. IF DRUG USE HAD NOT DESTROYED MARK DIMOND, I BELIEVE HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN EDDIE PALMIERI A RUN FOR HIS MONEY. LISTEN TO HIS PLAYING. AT TIMES, DIMOND OUT PLAYS PALMIERI. IT'S JUST MY OPINION. I LOVE EDDIE PALMIERI.
This is HOT! Angel Canales cantando, con Ismael Quintana y Justo Betancourt en coro. WOW
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11st and 3rd Ave. The days of 60 Clinton St. And all the after hours spots on the LES.
I AM A GREAT ADMIRER OF THE LATE AFRICAN-CUBA N PIANIST MARK "MARKOLINO" DIMOND. DIMOND CAME FROM A BLOCK ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE ON EAST 11TH STREET IN NEW YORK. "MARKOLINO" WAS A NATURAL WHEN IT CAME TO MUSIC. HE STUDIED A LITTLE AS A CHILD, BUT WAS MOSTLY SELF-TAUGHT. MARK COULD READ MUSIC AND HE WROTE CHARTS BUT MOSTLY IT WAS IN HIS HEAD AND HIS SOUL. MARK NEVER FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL. HE WENT ON TO WORK WITH WILLIE COLON.
John, Wow thats super.
What about Justo Betancourt, do you know why he was away from the music for so long. Stop recording and performing early in the 80, then reappears in the late 90's. Where he is now. One of the great Cuban Salsa singer ever.
John, Thank you for the info!!! I found it very interesting.
THE MUSICIANS ON THE BRUJERIA ALBUM ARE THE FOLLOWING: MARK DIMOND (LEADER, PIANO, COMPOSER), ANGEL CANALES (LEAD VOCAL), RICARDO "RICHIE" MONTANEZ & JOHN "FUDGY" TORRES (TROMBONES), ANTONIO TAPIA (CONGA), LOUIE RIVERA (BONGO), DANNY REYES (TRUMPET), EDDIE "GUA GUA" RIVERA & ANDY GONZALEZ (BASS), ISMAEL QUINTANA AND JUSTO BETANCOURT (CORO).
MARK DIMOND'S PIANO PLAYING IS A CROSS BETWEEN TYPICAL CUBAN AND PROGRESSIVE JAZZ, IS SUPERB. DIMOND WAS A SUPER TALENTED AND CREATIVE SOLOIST. IN THE LATE SIXTIES, DIMOND WAS IN WILLIE COLON'S BAND. HE WORKED ON WILLIE'S ALBUMS THE HUSTLER (1968), AND GUISANDO-DOI N G A JOB (1969). DIMOND'S PLAYING WAS DYNAMITE. HE COULD CREATE A GROOVE IN A LIVE SETTING.
UNFORTUNATEL Y DRUG USE GOT IN THE WAY AND HE STARTED SHOWING UP LATE OR NOT AT ALL FOR GIGS. BECAUSE OF HIS DRUG USE, MARK DIMOND NEVER REACHED HIS PEAK. WHEN I THINK OF MARK DIMOND I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK HOW DEVASTATING DRUGS HAVE BEEN TO SOME OF OUR MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE. MARK DIMOND DIED IN 1988. MARK DIMOND'S LIFE WAS TRAGIC, BUT HIS MUSIC LIVES ON. REST IN PEACE "MARKOLINO"! ! ! !

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