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Mallet Hands

  • 1. Con Mi Guaguanco
    2. Boxer, The
    3. Eighty One
    4. Mallet Hands
    5. Take the "A" Train
    6. Soko
    7. Elizete
    8. In Sid's Thing
    9. As We Were
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31

  • Credits
    ProducerBobby Matos
    EngineerBobby Matos; Mark V.

    & His Playground Quintet.
    Ray Armando & His Playground Quintet: Ray Armando (whistles, congas, percussion); Ben Clatworthy (saxophone); Jorge Valentin Griffin, Theo Sanders (piano); Eddie Resto (bass); Enzo Todesco (drums); Robertino Melendez (bongos, shekere, bells); Jose "Papo" Rodriguez (bongos, bells).
    Recorded at Private Island Trax, Los Angeles, California between September 29 and October 6, 1999. Includes liner notes by Bobby Matos.
    Personnel: Ray Armando (cymbals, timbales); Benn Clatworthy (saxophone); Enzo Todesco (drums); Robertito Melendez (bongos, shekere, bells).
    Recording information: Private Island Trax, Los Angeles, CA (09/29/1999-10/06/1999).
    Arrangers: Ray Armando; Benn Clatworthy.
    Ray Armando, long a fixture in the Los Angeles area, had a relatively rare chance to record as a leader on this disc. The style of music is very much 1950s/'60s Afro-Cuban jazz, with tenor saxophonist Benn Clatworthy (whose main inspiration is John Coltrane) generally being the main soloist. Along with some originals, such songs as Ron Carter's "Eighty One," a slower-than-usual "Take the 'A' Train," and Gene Ammons' swinging "In Sid's Thing" are successfully Latin-ized. The sextets (with Theo Saunders or Jorge Valentin Gaffento on piano) are excellent, featuring Armando and either Robertito Melendez or Papo Rodriguez on percussion. This is very easy music to enjoy, both by jazz listeners and Latin dancers. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (3/01, p.98) - "...Despite all the talented sidemen...your attention is never far from Armando's awesome percussive pyrotechnics....a roller-coaster of rhythm."
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