Formed in New York, USA in 1972 by Louis Bouzo (b. 29 June 1948, San Juan, Puerto Rico; bongos) and timbales player Johnny Almendra (both previously with Johnny Colón’s band). Tambo played a mixture of straight-ahead salsa, Latin jazz and a few ballads, with a repertoire of Latin classics associated with artists such as Tito Puente and Tito Rodríguez (the idea behind the band was to pay tribute to the music which had the greatest influence on Bouzo and Almendra). The band became a popular attraction on New York’s Latin club scene and in 1975 released Al Santiago Presents Tambo on the Montuno label (re-released 23 years later by RykoLatino). Produced by Al Santiago, the album features the kind of material Tambo were playing live at the time, including an extended Dizzy Gillespie tribute. In 1977 Bauzo left the band to work with Tito Puente. Tambo continued for another two years with various line-ups before metamorphosing into another band called Bembe.
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