[JPL] New Orleanian spice is always needed, mas Bobo

Arturo arturo893 at qwest.net
Thu Oct 26 13:19:30 EDT 2006

Jeff wrote <<< Aaahhh!  Yet another New Orleanian adding spice to the music.
Lastie, a great New Orleans trumpeter and Co-founder of A.F.O. (All For One)
Records in 1961 along with Harold Battiste, Alvin 'Red' Tyler, Roy Montrell,
Peter 'Chuck' Badie and John Boudreaux. >>>

But of course, the New Orleans connection and spice has always been a
necessary ingredient in several US music forms. As the Caribbean port of
entry spices from the Antilles and other Latin American areas have made the
Crescent City what it is even before Louis Moreau Gottschalk traveld to Cuba
and other ports bringing back rhythms and influences to New Orleans based
music in the 1860s, that the "spanish tinge" Jelly Roll refers to that is
needed to play jazz correctly. Just follow the red bean trail, after the
Haitian Revolution on the late 1700's African musicians arrived to New
Orleans, eastern Cuba and Puerto Rico and their influences are still heard
in the music today. Haiti, eastern Cuba, Puerto Rico and New Orleans all
have red beans' n rice as their principal daily dish.

The back beat of New Orleans RnB,  Mardi Gras music and the piano stylings
of Professor Longhair are closer to Caribbean music than they are to other
US-African music from other regions of the nation.

<<< Thanks to Arturo for highlighting the Willie Bobo connection with Carlos
music. >>>

Willie Bobo was born Guillermo Correa in NY's Spanish Harlem of Puerto Rican
heritage and a young Willie was studying with Mary Lou Williams when she
nicknamed him "Willie Bobo" which in espanól means silly or dumb-dumb. When
Mongo arrived to NY in 1951 and became part of Tito Puente's band, Willie
became Mongo's interpreter and best friend. Mongomery as Willie called Mongo
took Willie with him as the only non-Cuban to Havana in 1960 to record 2
albums for Fantasy, now both available on 1 CD-"Our Man In Havana" and
"Bembé". These recordings were the last to take place for a US company in
Cuba until 1977 and then 1979, the latter of which Willie returned to Cuba.

Willie's son Eric Bobo is the hand percussionist for the hip hop group
Cypress Hill, Eric has just released an album of vintage 1970s Willie Bobo
recordings that were sitting in a closet of his mother's home, there is some
brilliant playing as Willie was unsigned at the time and played with out any
commercial restraints placed on him, "Lost and Found" for Concord is the CD.
Look for Willie playing straight ahead trap drums on the Inner City LP "Drum
Sessions" with Louis Bellson, Shelley Manne and Paul Humphrey. In my opinion
the greatest 1-2 percussion punch in Latin music, dance music-salsa, jazz or
Latin soul are Mongo and Willie, the perfect combination wether with Tito,
Tjader or with each other bands..... Willie died way too young!


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