[Dixielandjazz] A 1939 Latin treat; some questions

domitype . domitype at gmail.com
Sat Dec 24 04:39:40 EST 2016

While looking for something completely different, I found this interesting
list of Cuban dance bands from the late 1800s to early 1900s - since there
was a constant flow of tourists and musicians after the Spanish American
War of 1889, I certainly think there would have been a lot of "cultural
exchange" between Cuba and American musicians.

David Richoux

On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 11:40 PM, Charles Suhor <csuhor at zebra.net> wrote:

> Hello, Listmates—
> Quite a while back we had a thread on Latin influences on early jazz. I
> was looking for more convincing examples of Latin influences, having heard
> little more than the over-emophaizisd tango and habanera lines played by
> Jelly Roll Morton and a few others. You-all provided some good leads that I
> followed up on Youtube.
> I’ve also been interested in the time when really complex (Afro-) Latin
> rhythms entered modern jazz. I was around to hear some great stuff from the
> late 40s when Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, and others hired Latin players
> and drummers. Machete’s rhythm section even played ones Baxter’s commercial
> “Sacre du Savage” LP.  Max Roach, Shelley Manne and others integrated
> Afro-Latin rhythms wonderfully with jazz. By the mid-fifties it was common
> to hear brilliant Latin percussion in jazz settings. (Richard Waterman’s
> early field studies showed that African drumming, the ultimate antecedent
> of the richest polyrhythms, was likely hundreds of years ahead of the
> imports and adaptations in the Western Hemisphere.)
> To get to my current question, last night I saw a 1939 movie in TCM,
> "Another Thin Man.” A scene at a Cuban night club in New York showed
> dancers and a Latin combo playing Lecuona’s “Siboney.” A little digging
> suggested that the band might have been Lecuona’s Cuban Boys or a spinoff
> group led by Armando Orifiche.  Just Google   Another Thin Man Cuban Club
>  and click on the clip that shows up. What knocked me out was the fine,
> free improvisation of the bongo player. Listen very closely to his rhythms
> among the din. I could find no comparable rhythmic performance predating
> the Latin/modern jazz synthesis of a decade later. Can anybody direct me to
> other early stunning Latin percussion playing? And does anyone know who the
> bongo player in the movie was?
> Charlie
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