Tito Puente
Spanish Grease/Uno Dos Tres 1-2-3
Latino Blue
Xavier Cugat

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Of all the post-swing styles, Latin Jazz has been the most consistently popular and it is easy to see why. The emphasis on percussion and Cuban rhythms make the style quite danceable and accessible. Essentially, it is a mixture of bop-oriented jazz with Latin percussion. Among the pioneers in mixing together the two styles in the 1940s were the big bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Machito, and the music (which has never gone out of style) has remained a viable force through the 1990s, played most notably by the bands of Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez. The style has not changed much during the past 40 years but it still communicates to today's listeners. Latin jazz is also sometimes called Afro-Cuban jazz, a term preferred by Mario Bauza and Ray Barretto.

Latin Jazz Artists Highlights

Tito Puente
Tito Puente
Xavier Cugat
Xavier Cugat
Charlie Byrd
Charlie Byrd
Cal Tjader
Cal Tjader
Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington
Gato Barbieri
Gato Barbieri

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Latin Jazz Album Highlights

Spanish Grease/Uno Dos Tres 1-2-3
Willie Bobo
Spanish Grease/Uno Dos ...
Latino Blue
Various Artists
Latino Blue
The Best of Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers
Pucho & His Latin Soul ...
The Best of Pucho & the ...
The Sun of Latin Music
Eddie Palmieri
The Sun of Latin Music
Skin on Skin: The Mongo Santamaria Anthology 1958-1995
Mongo Santamaría
Skin on Skin: The Mongo ...
Black Orchid
Cal Tjader
Black Orchid

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Latin Jazz Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Desafinado Charlie Byrd / Stan Getz
Watermelon Man Mongo Santamaría
Black Orchid Cal Tjader
Hot Timbales Tito Puente
Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries Willie Bobo
Misa Negra Irakere
Chan Chan Buena Vista Social Club / Eliades Ochoa
Asia Minor Mario Bauzá / Machito
Ran Kan Kan Tito Puente & His Orchestra
Blue in Green Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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