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John Santos & Machete
Tribute to the Masters

01 - Tin Tin Deo   
02 - Lyesa
03 - So What
04 - Himno De La Razas    
05 - Descarga lyawo    
06 - Itim    
07 - Moose The Mooch    
08 - Chango    
09 - Syeeda's Song Flute       
10 - Matters Not    
11 - Foreign Exchange       
12 - Salt Peanuts    
13 - Obalufon
John Santos - Percussion, Arranger, Conga, Gong, Synthesizer Programming, Wind Chimes, Waterphone, Guiro, Shaker, Quinto, Bata, Chekere, Claves, Piano
Israel "Cachao" López - Bass
Rebeca Mauleón - Piano, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals
Wayne Wallace - Trombone, Arranger, Keyboards, Adaptation, Synthesizer Programming, Mixing
Bill Ortiz - Trumpet
Melecio Magdaluyo - Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
Rev. Ron Stallings - Sax (Soprano)
Orestes Vilató - Bongos, Timbales, Bells
Yosvany Terry - Sax (Alto)
Paul Wageningen - Drums (Snare)
John Calloway - Flute
Ron Stalling - Sax (Tenor)
David Belove - Bass
John Calloway - Flute, Piano, Arranger
Jeff Cressman - Trombone, Engineer, Mixing Advisor, Flugelhorn
John Santos is one of the foremost proponents of Afro - Latin music in the world today. This tribute to acknowledged masters of Afro - Latin and jazz features Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Orestes Villato, Wayne Wallace and more. The new John Santos & Machete album is titled "Tribute to the Masters" and salutes acknowledged masters of the jazz and Afro - Cuban worlds. Cubop is proud to have released this recording on February 8th, 2000.

Most of the selections on this CD, the third from John Santos' Machete Ensemble, are from 1998 - 1999, but there are also four cuts from 1989 - 1990. Ranging from Latin bop (including "Tin Tin Deo," "Moose the Mooche," and "Salt Peanuts") and folkloric chant pieces to Latinized versions of Miles Davis' "So What" and John Coltrane's "Syeeda's Song Flute," the music is continually intriguing and inspiring. The key soloists include trombonists Wayne Wallace and Jeff Cressman, Melecio Magdaluyo on various reeds, pianist Rebeca Mauleon, and many percussionists. Recommended. 
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Percussionist John Santos and his Machete Ensemble have won a devoted following in their native San Francisco Bay Area and among Latin - jazz aficionados the world over with their wide - ranging excursions into Afro - Caribbean music. Tribute to the Masters finds Santos and company paying tribute to individual icons like John Coltrane ("Syeeda's Song Flute"), Dizzy Gillespie ("Salt Peanuts"), and Miles Davis  ("So What") as well as to various Afro - Cuban religious music and to different Latin styles in general. Aside from a musical career that includes work with Gillespie, Eddie Palmeiri, Tito Puente, and Francisco Aguabella, Santos has long been known for his scholarly contributions to the field of Afro - Latin music as a writer and historian. In that sense, Tribute to the Masters  is a kind of historical survey of Latin music and a natural for Santos. The beauty of the disc, though, is that he and his breathtaking ensemble -  - which includes legendary guest musicians like bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez and timbale player Orestes Villato -  - breathe life into homages to Afro - Cuban Santeria saints ("Chango" and "Iyesa") and fiery Latin - jazz workouts like "Moose the Mooche." ~ Ezra Gale
John Santos (photo by Tom Ehrlich)

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