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7 May 2017

Willie Bobo & The Bo Gents “Do What You Want To Do…” 1971 US Latin Jazz Funk

Willie Bobo & The Bo Gents “Do What You Want To Do…” 1971 US  Latin Jazz Funk
Exact repro of this 1971 release from legendary Latin percussionist Willie Bobo. A perfect fusion of Latin and deep funk. Tracks include "Do What You Want to Do," "Broasted or Fried," and "Soul Foo Yong."...............

Did he still need to present Willie Bobo this awesome percussionist, that master of congas and timpani who grew up in Spanish Harlem, born under the name of William Correa? He has collaborated on stage or in the studio with the greatest of his career: Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Herbie Mann, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams (who gave her the name Willie Bobo In the 1950s) ... to mention only the best known. As a solo career, he "emancipated" in 1963 by releasing his first album as a leader and then signing on Verve in the mid-1960s, he made a number of albums that mix pop melodies and Latin rhythms. Will leave the studios, hits like "Spanish Grease" or "Fried neck bones and some home fries." Then other prestigious labels will have the honor of hosting Willie: Sussex, Blue Note, Columbia ... His last appearance will take place in 1983 at the Playboy Jazz Festival with Mongo Santamaria, three months with his death from cancer.

This album "Do you want to do" dates from 1971, when Willie Bobo recorded on the Sussex label, and is the LP most sought after and asked by the fans of the gentleman. It must be said that it is relatively apart in his career and that in company with the Bo-Gents, it constitutes a really successful fusion between Latin, Latin funk and jazz-funk. Even if the ensemble is uneven, this album contains some terribly devastating pieces.

The album begins with "Do What You Want to Do", a deep funk track that is retained but terribly effective with a round and warm bass (that of Ernie Mc Daniel), brass instruments that give the change and a breakbeat that brings rate. "Shut up and pay attention" continues the lurch in a purely latin soul style, cones and timpani by Willie Bobo creates relief and are relayed by Ron Starr's saxophone and Barry Zweig's guitar. We slow down the pace with the ballad "Hindi", a cover of Antonio Jobim's, by the way passing the favorite song of Willie Bobo. We go directly to "Come together" the cover of the Beatles, Latin version rock; Maybe not the best cover of this classic but still reinterpreted in a very nice way. Then the locomotive starts slowly with "Soul Foo Yong", and especially with "Broasted or fried", one of the most successful tracks in the Latin style funk / jazz-funk, much used on many compilations of the genre. Then the atmosphere is more jazzy and felted on "The thrill is gone". "How can I say goodbye" begins softly almost in cha cha cha, but gradually the rhythm and the brass appearing by installing a totally irresistible groove. Finally "Never you mind" closed this opus always in a latin soul.

In Willie Bobo, the tempo is never very high, it does not detract from the quality of the songs he interprets and the innate sense of the mixture of the genres he has in him. Of course there are some times weaker (the ballads "Hindi" or "The thrill is gone") but this album remains a classic, to possess absolutely if you are amateur of Latin and mixed atmospheres as we knew so well do it in the 70s !......

Bass [Fender] – Ernie McDaniel
Congas – Victor Pantoja
Drums – Jimmy Smith*
Electric Piano – Reggie Andrews
Engineer [Recording & Remixing] – Richard Sanford Orshoff
Guitar – Barry Zweig
Photography By – Norbert Jobst
Producer – Clarence Avant, Willie Bobo
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Ron Starr
Timbales, Liner Notes – Willie Bobo
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Steve Huffsteter

A1 Do What You Want To Do
Written-By – Reginald Andrew*
A2 Shut Up And Pay Attention
Written-By – Ronald Starr*
A3 Dindi
Written-By – Oliviera*, Jobin*, Gilbert*
A4 Come Together
Written-By – Lennon/McCartney*
A5 Soul Foo Yong
Written-By – Steve Huffsteter
B1 Broasted Or Fried
Written-By – Reginald Andrew*
B2 The Thrill Is Gone
Written-By – Benson*, Pettite*
B3 How Can I Say Goodbye?
Written-By – David O'Rourk
B4 Never You Mind
Written-By – Reginald Andrew*

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