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Our Man In Havana


Download links and information about Our Man In Havana by Mongo Santamaria. This album was released in 1959 and it belongs to Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Latin genres. It contains 20 tracks with total duration of 01:13:02 minutes.

Artist: Mongo Santamaria
Release date: 1959
Genre: Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Latin
Tracks: 20
Duration: 01:13:02
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No. Title Length
1. Jamaicuba 3:28
2. Manila 4:43
3. He Guapacha 4:09
4. Cha Cha Rock 3:47
5. Vengan Pollos 4:58
6. Barandanga 3:15
7. Linda Guajira 3:03
8. Vamos a Gozar 2:35
9. Miss Patti Cha Cha 4:15
10. Viva la Felicidad 2:31
11. Tele Mina for Chango 2:59
12. Olla de for Olla 3:48
13. Yemaya Olodo for Olla 3:37
14. Yeye-o for Ochun 4:09
15. Wolenche for Chango 2:45
16. Aqua Limpia 3:37
17. Ochun Mene 4:11
18. Mexico 3:20
19. Manana Son Manana 4:06
20. Complicaciones 3:46



The two records that make up Our Man in Havana (the other date was originally called Bembe) were recorded in 1960 during a visit to Cuba by Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo. The first set is superb, featuring an unusual mixture of instruments for a Cuban band: two trumpets, flute, piano, tres (Nino Rivera), bass, timbales, bongos, guiro, conga, and two vocalists. The playing by the local musicians is of high quality, and the ten selections are quite enjoyable. Unfortunately though, that project is combined with the cuts from Bembe, which are in a very different style. The latter project has the music performed entirely by vocalists, other than the percussion of Santamaria and Bobo. Consisting of folk melodies and religious songs, with the emphasis totally on the chanting and singing, the music is intriguing from a historical standpoint but the jazz content is nil on this emotional date (which has Merceditas Valdes taking the vocal on four numbers). So, overall, this reissue CD is definitely a mixed bag.