Track reviews…A Dozen Latin Jazz Classics ( ran a feature called “The Dozens” which highlighted twelve iconic, influential, or otherwise important tracks by a particular artist (described in more detail here). In 2008 I contributed this article on classic latin jazz recordings. The editors ran this note as an introduction:

“Pianist Mark Lomanno first traveled to Cuba on a research grant, seeking to unravel the mysteries of the Cuban son. On his second trip, he came as a musician, performing at the Santiago Jazz Festival and working with Joaquin Pozo, the prominent conquero and bandleader, and the great-nephew of the legendary Chano Pozo. Back stateside, he has brought his world fusion experiences to bear on his work with The Mark Lomanno Afro-Cuban Project, as well as his continued scholarly work in the area of Latin music. Here Mark picks twelve of his favorite Latin jazz performances, some well known, others neglected gems from the music’s past.”

The article can be read at this link. Included are reviews for the following tracks:

– “Caravan,” Duke Ellington Orchestra (1937)
– “Manteca,” Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra, featuring Chano Pozo (recorded live in 1948)
– “Tanga,” Machito and his Orchestra, featuring Charlie Parker and the composer Mario Bauzá on trumpet (1949)
– “Adivinalo,” Arsenio Rodríguez, Montuneando, with “Chocolate” Armenteros (c.1949)
– “El Manisero,” a cover of Don Azpiazu’s hit by the Stan Kenton Orchestra
– “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite,” from Cuban Blues: The Chico O’Farrill Sessions (1950)
– “Manha de Carnival,” Luis Bonfá, from the soundtrack for Black Orpheus (1959)
– “Só Danço Samba,” Stan Getz and João Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto (1963)
– “Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro),” Cal Tjader, Soul Sauce (1964)
– “Watermelon Man,” Mongo Santamaria, from the album by the same name
– “Ingrato Corazón,” from an amazing album on Verve, Patato y Totico (1967)
– “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” Chucho Valdés, New Conceptions (2003)

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