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Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby Kaban » Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:46 am

Greetings People,

As stated in some other thread, I am a new fan of Mongo Santamaria. I subscribed to Johnny Conga's Spotify Mongo Playlist, which is vast! So far my favorite is Sofrito because of the tasteful conga pattern that swings through out the tune (not to mention I love the musical build up till the end). I was wondering what is your favorite Mongo tune, and why? Which album do you think is the best, or he is at his best? Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

Godspeed,
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Re: Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby jorge » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:02 am

Monte Adentro
My favorite bongo solo from Mongo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbzxrjypLp4

Mambo Mongo
2 outstanding conga solos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5ifCFl_Jrk

Linda Guajira
Sabroso. I couldn't find the whole song on YT or elsewhere, this is a brief clip
http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Guajira/dp/B004NYJQH2

Afro Blue
Beautiful arrangement. Anyone know who played the bonko solo? Aguabella?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbE7jf_Hp5w
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Re: Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby Kaban » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:28 pm

Wow, thanks for sharing, I can't wait to sit down this weekend to check out what you listed.
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Re: Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby caballoballo » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:19 am

Sofrito.
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Re: Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby Omelenko1 » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:47 pm

Checkout the following tunes:

Mazacote_ One of the best bongo' solos in history. Incredible exchanges between Willie Bobo on timbales and Mongo on congas and bongos. Over 10 minutes long.
MamboMongo_ Outstanding conga solo.
This Is My Mambo_ Mongo features La Lupe on this one. One of the tastiest conga solos of alltime.
AfroBlue_ No one plays 6/8 rhythm better than Mongo.
Tumbao_ This is from Cal Tjader's album. Incredible conga solo by Mongo, strong and "mucho afinque".
Tu Crees Que_ Also from Cal Tjader's album. Amazing bongo solo by Mongo.

In my opinion Mongo is the tastiest heavy hitter that ever lived, also my idol and dear friend for over 35 yrs. Photo enclosed of him and I one month before he died.

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Re: Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby RitmoBoricua » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:14 pm

To me Mongos' conga dissertation on "Tumbao" with Cal Tjader needs to be studied if you are serious about conga playing. A timeless masterpiece.........
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Re: Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby JohnnyConga » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:28 pm

SKINS!...punto final!..I know one tune but I have to add Quiet Stroll and Dirty Willie
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Re: Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby pcastag » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:23 am

Mayeya. Best song, sax is incredible, piano is off the charts, everything so darn good.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-KEDes94l8
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Re: Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby Omelenko1 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:58 pm

Quite Stroll_ Like JC wrote. Incredidle tasty and strong conga solo by Mongo. Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet. Young Mongo, 1963.
Un Dia De Playa_ On the Concord Picante label. Nice conga solo.
Naked_ From the album "Live At Yankee Stadium". Incredible conga solo.
Espiritu Libre_ From the album "Free Spirit". Quinto sabroso.

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Re: Your Favorite Mongo Santamaria Tune?

Postby RetroVintageDrummer » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:36 pm

Mambo Mongo
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