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Mambo Jambo: Vintage Mambo 1948-1955
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Description Mambo was the big Latin-American dance craze of the 50s, and the music has never lost its popularity (although few can dance it well!). The Mambo dance originated in Cuba, where there were substantial settlements of Haitians (in Haiti the “Mambo” is a Voodoo priestess). The fusion of Swing and Cuban music produced this fascinating rhythm and in turn created a new sensational dance. Its “creation” is attributed to Perez Prado who introduced it at La Tropicana night-club in Havana in 1943, then took it west. Since then other Latin American bandleaders such as Tito Puente, Machito and Xavier Cugat have achieved styles of their own.

Living Era’s ¡Mambo Jambo! demonstrates all the many facets of the dance. The principal exponents are featured, such as Perez Prado (Mambo del papelero), Tito Puente (Lare lare), Machito (Mambo, featuring Charlie Parker and Flip Phillips!) and Xavier Cugat (Mambo No.5), as well as a hot of lesser-known names. There’s the jazz tinge provided by Dave Barbour, Nat King Cole with Stan Kenton, Earl Bostic and Artie Shaw. And to show that Brits can mambo, we have exotic tracks by Edmundo Ros, Roberto Inglez, Ken Mackintosh, Semprini and Eddie Calvert!

Such was Mambo’s popularity that it produced monster chart hits in 1954 for Perry Como (Papa Loves Mambo) and Rosemary Clooney (the chart-topping Mambo Italiano). It’s all here – just take your partners!
Track Listing Mambo Jambo! (Qué Rico el Mambo!) - Pérez Prado & His Orchestra
Lare Lare - Tito Puente & His Orchestra
Mambo, Part 1 - Charlie Parker & Flip Phillips
Mambo No. 5 - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
Fat Man Mambo - Rico Mambo Orchestra with Billy May
Gozando el Mambo (Enjoying the Mambo) - Damy Simón
Guitar Mambo - Dave Barbour & His Orchestra
Jambo - Stan Kenton Band with Nat King Cole & His Trio
Mambo de La Selva (Jungle Mambo) Humberto Morales & His Rhythm
Mambo en Trompeta (Trumpet Mambo) - Luis Arcaraz & His Orchestra
Mambo Negro (Black Mambo) - David Le' Winter & His Pump Room Orchestra
St. Louis Blues Mambo - Noro Morales & His Rhythm Sextet
Las Vegas Mambo (No Hagan Olas - Don't Make Waves!) - José Morand & His Orchestra
Pidiendo Mambo (Crying out for Mambo) - Rene Hernández & His Orchestra
Mambo del Papelero (Paper Boy's Mambo) - Rene Hernández & His Orchestra)
Friquilandia - Tito Puente & Su Conjunto
Mambo, Mucho Mambo - Machito & His Afro-Cubans
Stop and Go Mambo - Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five
Mambo in F - Eddie Calvert His Trumpet & His Orchestra
Esa Es La Mona - Semprini
Tango Mambo - Ken Mackintosh & His Orchestra
María Cristina - Roberto Inglez & His Orchestra
Olé Mambo! - Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra
Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
Mambolino - Earl Bostic & His Orchestra
Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney
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Label ASL - ASV Living Era
Number 5625
Subsidiary Artists: Pérez Prado
Tito Puente
Charlie Parker & Flip Phillips
Xavier Cugat
Rico Mambo Orchestra with Billy May
Damy Simón
Dave Barbour
Stan Kenton Band with Nat King Cole & His Trio
Humberto Morales & His Rhythm
Luis Arcaraz
David Le' Winter & His Pump Room Orchestra
Noro Morales & His Rhythm Sextet
José Morand
Rene Hernández
Machito & His Afro-Cubans
Artie Shaw
Eddie Calvert His Trumpet & His Orchestra
Ken Mackintosh
Roberto Inglez
Edmundo Ros
Perry Como
Earl Bostic
Rosemary Clooney
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