Modesto Duran & Orchestra
Fabulous Rhythms of Modesto Duran
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A pivotal figure in the transformation of mambo to cha cha, Modesto Duran arrived in the States in 1953 after a dozen years in Mexico under the tutelage of Esquivel and Luis Arcaraz. After securing a gig with mambo innovator Perez Prado, the Cuban-born Duran became an in demand conga player throughout the ’50s and ’60s, with credits on albums by Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Russ Garcia, Mongo Santamaria, Gerald Wilson, and Shorty Rogers littering his resume.

Duran cut The Fabulous Rhythms of Modesto for Jose Granson's Ray Note in 1960, featuring a who’s who of conga-men, counting Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Juan Cheda among its ranks. The 12-song LP finds Duran & Co. performing a wide-range of Afro-Cuban tempos and rhythms, including bembé, congo, uka, abacuá, and mayonbe. "Silent Island"—his tropical re-work of "Quiet Village"—is perhaps the most transformative reading of the Les Baxter standard.


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Modesto Duran And Orchestra Afro-Cu
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Silent Island
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Bem-Be-Cu
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Chuqui Bambo
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Piranha
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Angry Drums
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Goro-Gu
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Coro-Coro
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Baca-Vaca
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Wa-Wan-Co
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Jungle Dream
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Chango
A pivotal figure in the transformation of mambo to cha cha, Modesto Duran arrived in the States in 1953 after a dozen years in Mexico under the tutelage of Esquivel and Luis Arcaraz. After securing a gig with mambo innovator Perez Prado, the Cuban-born Duran became an in demand conga player throughout the ’50s and ’60s, with credits on albums by Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Russ Garcia, Mongo Santamaria, Gerald Wilson, and Shorty Rogers littering his resume.

Duran cut The Fabulous Rhythms of Modesto for Jose Granson's Ray Note in 1960, featuring a who’s who of conga-men, counting Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Juan Cheda among its ranks. The 12-song LP finds Duran & Co. performing a wide-range of Afro-Cuban tempos and rhythms, including bembé, congo, uka, abacuá, and mayonbe. "Silent Island"—his tropical re-work of "Quiet Village"—is perhaps the most transformative reading of the Les Baxter standard.



TRACK LIST

Modesto Duran And Orchestra Afro-Cu
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Silent Island
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Bem-Be-Cu
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Chuqui Bambo
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Piranha
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Angry Drums
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Goro-Gu
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Coro-Coro
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Baca-Vaca
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Wa-Wan-Co
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Jungle Dream
Modesto Duran And Orchestra Chango
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