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Fred Katz
Soul Cello


Time out in 1957 from his four-year stint with Chico Hamilton. FK was a Communist in the thirties; he scored Cormans like Bucket Of Blood and Little Shop Of Horrors; that's him on piano in Sweet Smell Of Success.

Ahmed Abdul-Malik Jazz Sahara
The Monk and Randy Weston bassist cutting loose in a 1958 fusion of jazz and Middle Eastern folk, alternating on oud himself, in amongst violin drones, kanoon, darabeka, drums... and Johnny Griffin. Lovely stuff.

Jack Costanzo Mr Bongo Has Brass
The master percussionist's solo debut, for Zephyr in 1956, leading the horns through crime-jazz and Latinized dancers, with plenty of his old-boss Stan Kenton in the mix.

Sabu Martinez Safari With Sabu
Probably his most celebrated album, from 1957: three congas (including Ray Barreto), bongos, timbales and tympani, plus tenor and baritone sax, trombone, and Oscar Pettiford.

Tito Puente Dance Mania
Superlative, thrilling, real-deal big-band mambo, cha-cha and guaguanco from 1958, featuring Ray Barretto and vocalist Santos Colon. Essential Latin jazz.