[JPL] Chano Pozo - Re: Was: What is the highlight of your record collection?

dkunian at bellsouth.net dkunian at bellsouth.net
Tue Oct 31 16:36:19 EST 2006


That's an interesting story about Chano Pozo.  Know any more details?

dk
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> From: "Arturo" <arturo893 at qwest.net>
> Date: 2006/10/31 Tue PM 03:28:15 EST
> To: "jazzproglist at jazzweek. com" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Subject: [JPL] Re: What is the highlight of your record collection?
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> Because I collect music from various genres I have several "highlights" and
> most prized recordings, some of them are original 1940s Cuban pressings of
> 78rpm,  1950s and '60s LPs on Cuban pressings I inherited from my uncle a
> life long collector. When it comes to jazz my jewel is an original 1948 10"
> Blue Note LP, James Moody and the Modernaires in stone -mint condition. The
> sidemen were like Moody-Dizzy big band members including Chano Pozo in his
> last recording, made  just 2-3 weeks before he was shot dead over a $10 bag
> of cannibas in a Harlem bar. To top it off, several years ago Moody
> autographed and dedicated the record to me in his inimitable style
> commenting he has seen few copies of the LP which has remained out-of-print
> and in its original release had the minimum amount of pressings made.
> 
> I highly prize my Cuban press LP of the early 60s by Chucho Valdés Combo
> that Paquito D'Rivera debuted on wax as an 18year old. I also have the
> follow up LP with the obscure Cuban jazz scat singer "El Guapachá" in his
> only recording as he died just a few months after the recording was
> realized.
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> I value my first press Blue Note LP by Sabu Martínez and Arsenio Rodríguez
> from 1957, the LP that was pulled from the market 6 weeks after its release
> because it was a Cuban folklore rumba roots album and not jazz. A few years
> ago Palo Congo was re-issued on CD. It was considered  one of the most
> sought out if not the most sought Blue Note LP by collectors. I also have an
> Arsenio Rodríguez-Chano Pozo LP on NY's famed Spanish Music Center/SMC-Coda
> label that was recorded upon the arrival of Chano to NY to showcase his
> talents, it coincided with the legendary Cuban "Godfather of Salsa"-Arsenio
> Rodríguez aka "The Marvelous Blind One" who was in NYC seeking a operation
> to possibly restore his vision. The back up band was the Machito Orchestra
> under the direction of Mario Bauzá. These recordings are now on a Spanish
> import CD, "Legendary Sessions" on the Tumbao label.
> 
> Finally I have some very rare original RnB 45s from the 50s as well as
> material by James Brown and others on 45s not yet issued on LP or CD as well
> as some obscure 70s funk and spoken words LPs. Visitors to my home are
> always taken aback by the sight of record cabinets and book shelves
> throughout the dwelling.
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> Arturo
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