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Uno, Dos, Tres/Spanish Grease

Uno, Dos, Tres/Spanish Grease by Willie Bobo
Released: Jan 1994
Label: Verve Records
In the mid-'60s, mambo was being edged out of the clubs by the rising salsa trend; percussionist Willie Bobo bridged the transition between the movements with these tough-as-nails sessions steeped in the sound, soul and streetwise spirit of Spanish Harlem. This double reissue brings together two sessions -- 1964's Uno, Dos, Tres and 1966's Spanish Grease -- and finds Bobo throwing traditional Latin forms at a spectrum of rock and jazz tunes (the cover of "It's Not Unusual" is priceless). When the record was issued it was all but ignored, but the years since have proven Bobo's foresight.
Nate Cavalieri