[JPL] One of the all-time giants of percussion has passed

Arturo arturo893 at qwest.net
Mon Feb 4 13:30:32 EST 2008

Just recieved news from Cuba that the legendary Tata Güines passed away
duing the dawn hours of Monday February 4th in Havana, Cuba, he was 78 years
of age.
Tata was born Aristides Soto on June 30th, 1930 in the suburban Havana
province town of Güines which gave him his artistic name. When he was 14
years old and laready playing percussion he met and studied briefly with
Chano Pozo before pozo moved on to NYC. tata has played and recorded with
some of the finest names of Cuban, latin and jazz music, he was part of the
late 50s landmark Cuban jazz group led by pianist Frank Emilio Flynn-Los
Amigos he appears on several Cubanisimo, Jane Bunnet, Hilario Durán and
Alfredo Rodríguez domestic releases as well as over a hundred sessions on
Cuban recordings. Tata toured the US in the late 50s with Fajardo y sus
Estrellas and is also on the seminal Cachao descargas recordings of the late
50s. In the USA, Enja released an album titled Passport where Tata and his
most brilliant disciple, the late Angá-Miguel Díaz led the session. Señor
Güines was proficient on bongó, tumbadoras(congas) and trap drums in Latin
jazz, Cuban dance and religious music. He was known for hismano
secreta-"secret hand" method of playing, a style he developed and was
perhaps the best percussionist using his fingers having extraordinary
dexterity producing a very personal sound.

More info as it becomes avialable, I just wrote a few bio lines off the top
of my head.....

Aristided Soto Alejo aka Tata Güines June 30, 1930 Güines, Cuba to February
4th, 2008 Havana, Cuba


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