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Willie Bobo

Willie Bobo was one of the great Latin percussionists of his time, a relentless swinger on the congas and timbales, a flamboyant showman onstage, and an engaging if modestly endowed singer. He also made serious inroads into the pop, R&B and straight jazz worlds, and he always said that his favorite song was Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dindi." Growing up in Spanish Harlem, Bobo began on the bongos at age 14, only to find himself performing with Perez Prado a year later, studying with Mongo Santamaria while serving as his translator, and joining Tito Puente for a four-year stint at age 19. Mary Lou Williams gave Correa his nickname Bobo when they recorded together in the early '50s. After working with Cal Tjader, Herbie Mann and Santamaria with whom he recorded the evergreen Latin standard "Afro-Blue" -- Bobo stepped forward in 1963 with his first recording as a leader, with Clark Terry and Joe Farrell as sidemen. Recording for Verve in the mid-'60s, Bobo achieved his highest solo visibility with albums that enlivened pop hits of the day with Latin rhythms, spelled by sauntering originals like "Spanish Grease" and "Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries." In addition, Bobo played on innumerable sessions in New York, recording with artists like Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery, Chico Hamilton and Sonny Stitt. In 1969, he moved to Los Angeles where he led jazz and Latin jazz combos, appeared on Bill Cosby's first comedy series (1969-1971) and short-lived 1976 variety show, and recorded on his own for Sussex, Blue Note and Columbia. One of Bobo's last appearances, only three months before his death from cancer, was at the 1983 Playboy Jazz Festival where he reunited with Santamaria for the first time in 15 years. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi
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Phenomenal percussionis t s , I can hear the African and Latin, the soul of the music indelibly fused.
Greatperiod
Wooooooweeee e e ! ! ! This is so caliente! I wish I could have caught a live performance. This is awesome!!! I hope this comes around on my Puddin Thang more often...radi o station, Puddin Thang radio station (have to clarify ;-)
This Latin brother is jammin!!!! How can one sit still with this infectious toe-tapping, hip moving beat ! Oh yeah, can't forget the shoulders and waist getting in on the vibes. Play on Willie Bobo!!
WOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O W ! ! ! ! ! =-O
...........n o t h i n g more need be said........ . . . . .
I mean, tapped...... . . . . . . . . . : - ) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Upbeat and swinging!
percusive melodies and melodic percusion dan.12.8.
Musica de la isla, u gotta luv it :-)
the letter to him. Never got to see or meet him but knowing that I lived so close to him was good enough. Sounds Crazy right?
I used to live in Hollis Queens NYC. One day (this had to be in the mid-sixties) We received a letter that was delivered to our house by mistake. It had the same house address except the wrong street number. So I saw that it was to Willie (BOBO) Correa. WOW I said and I walked with some friends really excited because I thought we were going to see Willie Bobo in person. I was about maybe walked about three blocks, rang the doorbell and waited only to be greeted by a lady who said she will give
Willie, Mongo, McGibbon & Cal Tjader at the Blackhawk were awesome
baya musica con swing
I wanna play the scarface game. Mang
WILLIE BOBO EL REY DEL JAZZ MUCH LOVE FROM COMPTON CA.
Awesome
Mesmerizing: )
We'll miss Willie, Tito and the GANG'!!! They lived it!!!
bigblue91
Nice!!
He was one the best he will be remember for many years
exelente una mexcla de latin jazz x fun un jameo brutal
bigblue91
Nice!!
My Wife & I used to run down to Concerts By the Sea in Redondo Beach, Ca. and watch him tear the roof off the joint. Great showman & his rendition of Dindi is one of my all time favorites ! We miss you & God Bless Willie Bobo ..........
LOVE IT!!! It makes me homesick. I live in North Carolina but I am originally from Brooklyn. The summer nights listening to the men across the street play dominoes in front of the bodega to Willie Bobo, Tito, Celia, Ruben. Fry neckbuns an son honefrice Ha ha! Love it!
viqifrench
So soulful - funky all day!
migwri09
wow he can really sing!!!
mdenny136
listeners you must check out willi bobo's dindi the Best all time clasic!!
Great, Great Artist !!!!
Uno de los mejores. Lo considero tal talento como PUENTE.
"always there" is an awesome tune
One of the few artists that I did not get to see in person. A great percussionis t ! !
hazelwood168
I saw him at Concert by the Sea in the 80's @ Redondo Beach also...Willi e rocked that night-I still remember it. Didn't know he's no longer among us. His music lives on. I saw Roy Ayers there as well..would have been great to see them together there. What a show that would have been.
phat
caesarzenbud
I had the previlage to see him live once @ Redondo Beach, Southern California back in the 80's at a small night club called Concerts By The Sea. I showed up in a cowboy hat with a bandana on it and he signed my albub Fried Neckbones and Some Home Fries, "Peace Homeboy!"
riker401
When your in the mood for the funky Puerto Rican flavor, with a twist of the Spanish Harlem beat, your into the Groove. carry on my brother...
I can't stop groovin'!!!!
Also tell the world that he was of Puerto Rican descent. Another jewel from La Isla Del Encanto.
this is another Thanks Dad moment my Dad had bought this album and a few others ... many years ago !!!!!
SO MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE SAID AND LISTENED TO FOR AND OF THIS FINE AND UNIQUE ARTIST...... . . I LOVE WILLIE BOBO////''BO N G O ' '

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