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

David Kunian dkunian at bellsouth.net
Thu Oct 26 13:26:50 EDT 2006


Arturo, your grasp of history and musical connections is excellent as 
usual.  "The Red Bean Trail" - I love it.  That is a great way to 
characterize the flow of music and people. 

Arturo wrote:

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>Jeff wrote <<< Aaahhh!  Yet another New Orleanian adding spice to the music.
>Melvin
>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. >>>
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>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.
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><<< 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!
>
>Arturo
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