Dang it SD, this thread is gonna cost me money :^)
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You forgot to mention Cahao!
Ceck out his Decargando and Cuba Linda CD's.
Also, just picked up Tito Puente's Tribute to Beny More, the best stuff I've heard not produced on the island.
Oh, and if you wnat some truly amazing jam seesions recorded in the late 70's(among the many greats spanning 3 generations, Nino Rivera and his amplified tres, Ruben Gonzalez on the piano, Pio Levy -wow, what a voice!), pick the Estrellas del Areito Los Heroes 2 CD set.
And I must mention, Estudiantina Invasora. The last of the Estudiantinas, founded around 1910.
Got tons more I can recommend if you like this stuff.
I forgot to mention that the soundtrack from this DVD won the 2002 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album. I don't set a lot of store by the Grammies, but this time they seem to have made a good choice.
Killerpiglet: good tips -- thanks! I have been a big fan of Afro-Cuban jazz since Dizzy Gillespie's recordings with Chano Pozo (composer of "Manteca"), as well as music from Brazil and Argentina. I have several of Ruben Gonzalez's CD's, including the "Montreal Tapes" that he did with Charlie Haden, as well as CD's by Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez, and others. Great stuff!
Jsbail: you voiced a comment I nearly made in my first post. This DVD really makes you appreciate having a first-rate combined audio and HT system. My system is mainly used for audio, and I had to integrate the HT components because I have only one room. Last night, I again appreciated why it's great to have a HT system that is built around first-rate audio gear.
I love this movie! I saw it in the theater last year, and bought the DVD as soon as it came out.
Cachao and Bebo Valdes (Chucho's papa) are two discoveries I made as a result of watching this movie. Cachao's totally swinging "Master Sessions" (vols I and II) are must-haves for anyone interested in Afro-Cuban Jazz, as is the reissue "Descargas De Bebo". Bebo also recently recorded an album of boleros, the name of which I can't remember offhand, which is another recording in heavy rotation at my house. Cachaoito (el hijo de Cachao) ain't bad either!
Does anyone know whether any of Beny Moore's or Machito's work has been reissued on CD?