My fondest memory of Willie Bobo was watching him play to a primarily Rock n' Roll crowd at the Troubadour in West Hollywood one night in the early 1970s. And how the entire room fell completely under the spell of a musician who just blew people away by standing there.
Willie Bobo was completely one of a kind. Most people I knew really weren't all that aware of the whole Afro-Cuban scene, or the ones that had heard about it or were vaguely familiar with it knew about Machito from the early 1950's and that was about it.
Bobo grew up in the Spanish Harlem section of Manhattan and worked very closely with another iconic Latin percussionist, Mongo Santamaria. Their association lasted for several years and served a great training atmosphere.
Willie Bobo struck out on his own in the early 1960's, recording several albums for Verve. Tonights track, Fried Neck Bones And Some Home Fries is off of one of those albums. Uno Dos Tres 1,2,3 was the follow up album in 1966 from his hugely popular Spanish Grease from 1965.
if you aren't familiar with Willie Bobo, now's your chance to jump into some Afro-Cuban with a blast of Salsa on the side.
Perfect Sunday Night music - especially for a holiday when you don't have to get up tomorrow.
Weekend Gallimaufry - Celebrated Father and Son Cuban Jazz figures Bebo and Chucho Valdez play live at the 32nd Ediction del Festival de Jazz Vittoria-Gasteiz in Spain 2009. Live concert recorded by Radio Nacional Espana Radio 3. Read more...