Out of the studios for over a year due to a recording ban, Gillespie's band came back with a roar, starting with this Machito-like collaboration written by Diz and Chano Pozo. The percussionist was murdered earlier in the month, and it is Sabu Martinez who leads the singing while the band answers him. The montuno that follows is built by orchestral layering, finally exploding in swing. Gillespie used this as a concert opener during 1949, beginning the piece with extended trumpet and percussion solos, and Gerald Wilson later recorded this with a pickup orchestra in California, taking up two sides of a single record. An excellent example of what was called Afro-Cubop, a piece that has equal elements of bop and Latin big band music.
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