Various Artists

Mambo Jambo: Vintage Mambo 1948-1955

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AllMusic Review by John Bush

This mambo compilation covers just seven years, but its 1948-1955 spread is the period when the mambo was hottest, and all of its greatest names were recording seminal material. Pérez Prado is first up, as it should be, although when "Mambo No. 5" appears later in the program, it's not his version but Xavier Cugat's. The other three mambo greats -- Tito Puente, Machito, Noro Morales -- are also given chances to shine (sometimes two), but the balance of this Living Era compilation is given to pop or swing crossovers including Rosemary Clooney ("Mambo Italiano"), Perry Como ("Papa Loves Mambo"), Nat King Cole, Billy May, Dave Barbour, and others. As such, it may not be the mambo compilation to end all, but those looking for a snapshot of the period couldn't do better. And with 26 tracks, Mambo Jambo leaves plenty of room for hardcore mambo -- with bands led by Humberto Morales, René Hernández, Roberto Inglez, and Luis Arcaráz.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Pérez Prado Orchestra 03:10 Amazon
2
Tito Puente & His Orchestra 02:31 Amazon
3 Machito & His Orchestra / Charlie Parker / Flip Phillips 03:18 Amazon
4
Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra 02:42 Amazon
5 Billy May's Rico Mambo Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
6
Damy Simón 02:56 Amazon
7 Dave Barbour & His Orchestra 02:53 Amazon
8 Stan Kenton Band / Nat King Cole / Nat King Cole & His Trio 03:00 Amazon
9
Humberto Morales & His Rhythm 03:01 Amazon
10 Orquesta de Luis Arcaráz 02:21 Amazon
11
David Le' Winter & His Pump Room Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
12 Noro Morales Band 02:51 Amazon
13
Jose Morand & Orchestra 02:42 Amazon
14 René Hernández & His Orchestra 03:06 Amazon
15
René Hernández & His Orchestra 02:30 Amazon
16 Tito Puente & His Conjunto 02:51 Amazon
17
Machito & His Afro-Cubans 03:03 Amazon
18 Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five 05:39 Amazon
19 Eddie Calvert 02:52 Amazon
20
Semprini 02:36 Amazon
21
Ken MacKintosh and His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
22
Roberto Inglez & His Orchestra 02:27 Amazon
23
Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
24 Perry Como 02:51 Amazon
25 Earl Bostic & His Orchestra 02:45 Amazon
26
Rosemary Clooney 02:29 Amazon
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