THE AFRO BLUES QUINTET PLUS ONE – New Directions [1966]

A mid 60s sextet with a Latin edge, the Afro-Blues Quintet + 1 featured a vibes/sax front line and a rhythm section augmented by congas and timbales assisting the standard piano/bass/drums instrumentation. The group’s albums included political and protest pieces, originals, remakes of standards like “Green Dolphin Street,” religious/spiritual numbers, soul/jazz and R&B hits, plus some challenging tunes such as “3/4-5/4-7-2.” Joe De Aguero on vibes and alto saxophonist/flutist Jack Fulks were the principal soloists, with pianist Bill Henderson, bassist Norm Johnson, conga player Moses Obligacion, and Michael Davis on drums and timbales completing the lineup. [Ron Wynn]
The Afro-Blues Quintet 2nd [and best] slab of Latin flavored Mod/Jazz instros. If you wanna be COOL you gotta dig this rhythm. It’s a Mystic Mambo alright. Dig!!!
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