Carlos 'Patato' Valdes: Ingrato Corazon
Carlos 'Patato' Valdes (percussion)
Patato y Totico (Verve 259702)
Eugenio ‘Totico’ Arango (vocal), Israel ‘Cachao’ Lopez (bass), Papaito (sticks), Francisco ‘Panchin’ Valdez (sticks), Hector Cadavieco (vocal), Mario Cadavieco (vocal), Juan ‘Curba’ Dreke (vocal), Tony Mayari (vocal), Virgilio Marti (vocal).
Arranged by Carlos “Patato” Valdes.
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
This Verve record features another all-star cast that presents a rich tableau of Afro-Cuban offerings. Joining the conguero Carlos “Patato” Valdes is co-leader, vocalist Eugenio “Totico” Arango, tres player Arsenio Rodriguez, and the legendary bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez. These musicians celebrate the sacred and secular roots of Afro-Cuban jazz with an album full of quintessential rumba tracks. “Ingrato Corazon” is a high-energy ensemble piece with solos by Rodriguez and “Patato,” but featuring the improvisatory vocals of “Totico,” backed by the members of the band singing a refrain in the traditional call-and-response format.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno