Al McKibbon Performing Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida

by chipboaz on January 2, 2017

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Today’s video post starts 2017 out right, capturing legendary bassist Al McKibbon, an important figure in the history of Latin Jazz. McKibbon helped lay the foundation for Latin Jazz in the United States, first playing alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo. Before Pozo’s untimely death, McKibbon was his roommate when the Gillespie band toured, sparking a deep interest in Latin Jazz. The bassist took his passion for the music – along with a strong knowledge of the tumbao to the West Coast, where he played with the George Shearing Quintet. During his seven years with the group, they weaved between Afro-Cuban music and swing, capturing the eyes and ears of popular culture. He later played with another icon in Latin Jazz, vibraphonist Cal Tjader, again solidifying the music on the West Coast. McKibbon recorded his first album as a leader in 1999, Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida, a Latin Jazz classic. The bassist passed away on July 29, 2005.

This video finds McKibbon playing in a bass and percussion descarga that puts his strong bass tumbaos front and center. The bassist showcases a textbook of classic Latin Jazz tumbaos in thi video, pulling them together in a cohesive statement based on groove. Together, all these lines form the basis for the title track from McKibbon’s album Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida. McKibbon’s playing is supported by Myungo Jackson on timbales and Daniel Ray on congas, who both take impressive improvisatory turns. It’s a classic performance by a Latin Jazz master that’s definitely worth a listen . . . or two!

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