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Mandrill and latin music

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by leanne, Jan 11, 2003.

  1. leanne


    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    I've been exposed to some new (to me) music lately.

    Based on recommendations I read here (thanks Woodchuck, JimK and Brad Johnson!!) I picked up a Mandrill greatest hits cd.

    Wow! That's some serious funk, dirty, nasty, ass kicking funk! :) I don't know why they seem to have been forgotten about, it's too bad. Incredible music, I absolutely love it. :) It messed up my whole day the first time I listened. But in a good way. Anyone with ears should check them out. :D
    Anyone know what any of them are doing now?

    mostly unrelated:
    Last night I saw a band called Havana Casino play on BET Jazz. They were a latin band (is there a different word for that style? cuban?) and I really enjoyed them. They had some cool instruments, too. Is anyone familiar with them? I'd like to hear more, and I'd like to check out other similar stuff. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm not familiar at all with that type of music.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Check out Latin Percussion's site-

    I haven't been there in awhile; I just peeked in...they have added a lot of interesting stuff/tools.
    One of my favourite practice things(when I'm actually in "learn something different" mode) is to take, say, a conga 2-bar phrase, steal/internalize its rhythm, add notes to it, & make a 2-bar bass figure/tumbao/vamp outta it.
    Ago-go bells' rhythms are cool, too.

    This sorta stuff also makes for some nice slap/pop exercises.

    As far as other Latin-styled music:
    Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band. One of my favourite bands, any genre.

    Glad you're into Mandrill. These guys used to have Sly, Santana, War, EW&F as their OPENING acts.
    ...and trust me, for a long while, I had forgotten about 'em, too!
  3. Jerry & Andy Gonzalez are one heck of a family act! Great stuff, indeed.

    On the other hand, I've not really been able to listen to Mandrill (the newer stuff) for more than a few minutes. I'm not sure why that is, but having said that, the tune "Mandrill" from the album of the same name (early 70's was it?) was one of my favorite all time tunes for many years. I still like it a lot (and have just put it on to listen to, thanks to you guys bringing Mandrill to my attention again). It's got that raw jungle beat, which gets my feet a-tappin'.

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