Mongo Santamaria

By Robert Leaver

 

             Cuban conga master Mongo Santamaria is one of the most recognizable and influential figures to emerge from the world of Latin jazz, indeed, he must be considered as one of the central figures in the creation of that genre of music. A powerful virtuoso on the congas known for his prodigious improvisational skills, Mongo was also a composer and a bandleader. He is most known for two songs which have become enduring standards: a recording of Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” which... Read More

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