Mongo Santamaria: Sofrito!
Dady Chery


By Mongo Santamaria and an all-star band

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I dare you to stay seated while you listen to this composition by Afro-Cuban Latin-jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria. And if you’re cooking, then this means your feet are free to dance. Baile!

VIDEO: Sofrito, by Mongo Santamaria
From a concert at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1985.

  • Conga Drums: Mongo Santamaria
  • Timbales: Tito Puente
  • Percussion, timbales: Pablo Rosario
  • Drums: Max Roach (Special Guest), Jose Martinez

If you know anything about jazz drumming, you should be bowing all the way down to the ground by now, but pick yourself up. There’s more:

  • Bass: Eddie Resto
  • Piano: Bob Quaranta
  • Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Flute: Sam Furnace
  • Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute: Tony Hinson
  • Trumpet: Eddie Allen

VIDEO: Sofrito preparation.

Sofrito is prepared by nearly every cook in every kitchen of Central America, especially Cuba and Puerto Rico, as the prelude to every meal.

Hence the appropriately grand and lovely piano introduction by Bob Quaranta.

Dady Chery, Editor
Haiti Chery

Copyright © 2012, 2013 by Dady Chery. All Rights Reserved. Dady Chery is a journalist, playwright, essayist and poet, who writes in English, French and her native Creole. She is the Editor of Haiti Chery.

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