Dig Deep: Mongo Santamaria – Afro-Indio – Vaya (1975)


Mongo Santamaria – Los Indios
Mongo Santamaria – Funk Up
Mongo Santamaria – The Promised Land

It’s long been a tradition of mine to share the last record that I buy in a calendar year. This particular end of the year was busier than others, particularly with a much needed extended deadline for grading. But, I still made it out, once last time, on the final day of the year to Atomic and was lucky enough to be able to pick up this album from Mongo Santamaria. I’ve known about this record for years, but for some reason, I’d convinced myself that it was recorded in the 80s and wasn’t worth my time, despite the amazing record cover. I don’t know if I ran into a reissue from that time or a bootleg or what, but after a couple of friends had shared music from this record I realized I was completely wrong. Afro-Indio is a realy solid and VERY funky mid-1970s album, with more than a few Jazz-Funk groovers and I’m very happy to know have it in my collection…Happy New Year!

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