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Conga Kings: Jazz Descargas (SACD)

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On Jazz Descargas by the Conga Kings, aka Carlos “Patato” Valdez, Candido Camero and Giovanni Hidalgo, we are presented with the feel of a relaxed jam featuring these great congueros along with Phil Woods, Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, Nelson Gonzalez and others running through a set consisting mostly of old chestnuts like “Caravan,” “A Night in Tunisia,” “Manteca” and “Un Poco Loco.” The music, though a mite predictable at this point in time, still cuts through the chaff owing to the level of musicianship involved. And the resulting surround mix places us right in the middle of St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan where these sessions took place.

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