Talkin' Verve

Talkin' Verve

by Willie Bobo



After his tenure with Latin jazz legends Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, and Mongo Santamaria, timbals player Willie Bobo formed an innovative band of his own. Replacing piano with electric guitar, he helped to create the '60s "boogaloo" movement, which put a younger audience on the dance floor by juicing up the Latin jazz with a bit of sassy funk and Top 40 shimmer. This collection, culled from six albums, features many of Bobo's best tracks, including "Roots," "Fried Neck Bones and Homefries," and the booty-shaking medley, "Shotgun/Blind Man, Blind Man." It also has the original recording of "Evil Ways," which Carlos Santana covered almost verbatim. Bobo's sound - which placed straight forward jazz horn players over that goose-loose, guitar-driven, percussion-rich rhythm section -- always sounded good coming out of a jukebox; his music had a huge influence on Santana, Earth, Wind & Fire, War, and other nascent rock and funk bands in the late'60s. But few would ever boogaloo with the swinging insouciance of Willie Bobo.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/1997
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453757523
catalogNumber: 537575

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Bobo   Primary Artist,Percussion,Timbales,Vocals
Phil Bodner   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Richard Davis   Bass
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet,Vocals
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Stan Webb   Flute
Frederick Waits   Drums,Vocals
Sonny Henry   Guitar
Jack Jennings   Percussion
Melvin Lastie   Cornet
Jose Mangual   Percussion
Victor Pantoja   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Bobby Rodriguez   Bass
John Rodriguez   Percussion
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga
Stanley Webb   Flute
Osvaldo Martinez   Percussion,Bongos,Vocals,Guiro
Jon Hart   Bass
Jim Phillips   Bass
Kenny Rogers   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Felix Wilkins   Flute,Vocals
Bobby Brown   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Hart   Bass

Technical Credits

Don Sebesky   Arranger
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Harry Elston   Composer
Sonny Henry   Arranger
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Melvin Lastie   Arranger
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger
Peter Pullman   Liner Notes,Notes Editing
Teddy Reig   Producer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Pete Spargo   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Suha Gur   Remixing
Frank Gargiulo   Art Direction
Patricia Lie   Art Direction
Philemon Hou   Composer

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