By Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network
The Pacific Mambo Orchestra takes its name from the form of Cuban dance music pioneered by the charanga group Arcaño y sus Maravillas [circa 1937], made more popular in the big bands of Pérez Prado and world-famous by El Rey – the great Tito Puente, and Tito Rodríguez. Essentially [originally] a syncopated form of the danzón, known as danzón-mambo, mambo, as we know [and enjoy] it today came as the glorious, danceable and elaborate montuno finale of a typical of son cubano. It was all the rage during the 1940’s and 1950’s on both coasts of the USA. Read the full review here.