Jukebox Mambo Vol. 3


Since the release of their first Jukebox Mambo compilation album in 2012 (JMAN 055CD/LP/BK), Jazzman Records, with the curatorial expertise of DJ Liam Large, have been opening ears and minds to the delights of Latin-tinged rhythm & blues. The third release in the series sticks squarely to the tried and tested formula of its predecessors; combining a crate-digger's passion for the obscure with an ear for instant dancefloor crowd pleasers. In a congested field of R&B comps, Jukebox Mambo stands out uniquely in shedding light on the era of Latin American and Caribbean influence, a sensual rhythmic shift which continues to be felt in modern music today. Opener, The Emperor's "Tough De Times (Things Getting Tough)" is a classic example of Large and Jazzman's idiosyncratic capacity to bring striking singularities to light, a beguiling and seductive blend of jazz, blues, and Trinidadian calypso. Other highlights include the slinky rumba-blues of Percy Mayfield's lustful "Loose Lips", the only known recording by female blues shouter Ethel Boswell on the track "No More For You", and Chuz Alfred And His Combo's powerful rendition of the Duke Ellington standard "Caravan". Elsewhere, Jukebox Mambo Vol. 3 is dominated by virtuosic performances, from the smooth tenor vocals of Roy Gaines to the polyrhythmic swing of the Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, and the Syrian-American jazz stylings of Eddie Kochak. Lovingly compiled, artfully arranged and expertly annotated, Jukebox Mambo Vol. 3 is another immersive gaze into an era of musical history that still carries a unique influence today. This one is for the crate diggers and music lovers alike! Comes with in-depth track notes and photographs. Also features: Preacher Stephens with The Foree Wells Combo, Jimmie Wilcher And His Orchestra, Camille Howard, Paul Boyers Band, Pattie Parish, Clarence Garlow, Maurice King and His Wolverines, Floyd Dixon, Aggie Dukes, Otis Blackwell, Duke Groner, Big Bertha, Linton Garner & All-Stars, Austin Powell, The Ontarios with Frank Motley & His Crew, Toni Jordan, Christine Kittrell, Harmonica "Blues King" Harris¸ Donald Woods & The Vel-Aires, and Sax Mallard.