Latin Jazz: la combinacion perfecta; Extensive notes, photos, 69 minutes; Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2002, $15.00
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, America’s Jazz Heritage (AJH), and SITES have assembled a superb collection of musical performances in Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta. Featuring classic hits from Latin innovators Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, and Machito as well as jazz icons Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, the CD traces the origins and growth of this dynamic musical tradition. Funded by America’s Jazz Heritage, a partnership of the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund and the Smithsonian Institution. Additional funding provided by BET Jazz.
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