The modern Latin keyboardist and producer Manuel Perez, who created the 1998 EP entitled Latin Thang, should not be confused with the legendary New Orleans jazz cornet player of the same name. Differences between the two Perez players abound: the gulf of time between their activities in completely different genres is more than half-a-century, for one thing. For another, the earlier Perez barely recorded at all, with discographers and critics still bickering about who is actually blowing on the few recordings attributed to him.
Keyboardist Perez hardly has this problem, having been extremely active in recording studios since the mid-'90s, performing a variety of helpful tasks including production, background vocals, arranging, and music coordination. With the ensemble called Manole y Banda del Truco he even received the all-important credit for "concept." He has also worked with groups such as la Banda Gorda, los Hermanos Rosario, los Brillanticos and las Chicas del Clan.