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Mambo Music presents Larry Harlow LIVE at Birdland Nightclub


Featuring …

Larry Harlow, piano/leader

Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax/flute

Bobby Sanabria, trap drums

Mac Gollehon, trumpet

Eddie “Guagua” Rivera, Bass

Chembo Corniel, Congas percussion

A sinewy piano guajeo saunters in time with the washboard sound of an Afro-Cuban güiro. A low whistle intros the bell beats that cue the syncopated conga bottom making way for melodic trumpet lines that follow the chorus: fried neck bones and some home fries. A legendary selection from some of the finest of Latin jazz interpreters, Fania All-Star and storied producer Larry Harlow covers this Willie Bobo boogaloo stirring the pot with some of the finest “chefs” of the sound.

Mac Gollehon’s horn heralds a saucy Harlow piano solo that rolls right into Cuber’s fat rollicking hard bop bari-sax funk, sustaining a note that melds into an alternate melody taking the band into third gear. Listen to Eddie Gua Gua’s tasty bass transitions between solos; Chembo Corniel’s tight percussive march; Bobby Sanabria’s trap drum accents and sound effects. Cuchi-Frito will make you hungry for more.

The release is a live Recording from NY’s famed Birdland Nightclub. It features Harlow on piano, Ronnie Cuber on sax, Bobby Sanabria on drums, Mac Gollehon on trumpet, Eddie Gua Gua Rivera on bass and Chembo Corniel on congas. Produced by Dave Wasserman and Bobby Marin.

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