Rhythmagic Partout! Hugo Mendez

A mix of Cuban influenced sounds from across the tropics to celebrate the release of the Rhythmagic Orchestra LP on Impossible Ark Records. The Rhythmagic Orchestra is a project put together by Ben Lamdin (Nostalgia 77) and Hugo Mendez that pays tribute to the classic Latin Jazz sound of the ’50s and ’60s.
The mix covers sounds from Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Congo, Guadeloupe, Senegal, Dominican Republic and the USA on a strictly old school tip….Enjoy!
Check out more from the Rhythmagic Orchestra plus a free download of their cover of the classic ‘Manteca’ here…

Hugo Mendez – Rhythmagic Partout! by Sofrito on Mixcloud

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Vincent Casino – Mambo de Paris
Joey Lewis Orchestra – Tema del Papelon
Arthur Sterling & Pucho – Darin’s Mambo
Elmo Garcia Orchestra – Brooklyn Mambo
Guapacha – El Retoson
Luis Grinan y su Orquesta – Cosas Bonita
Orchestre Esperanza – Pas Bel
Cachao y su Orquesta – Descarga Mexicana
Orchestre O.K. Jazz – Cha Cha del Zombo
Chiquita Serrano – Marijuana
Los Caraibes – Cuando Llegare
Amara Touré – Lamento Cubano
Duo Los Ahijados – El Hombre Misterioso

The Rhythmagic Orchestra is a collaboration between acclaimed jazz producer Benedic Lamdin aka Nostalgia 77 and Hugo Mendez of tropical music collective Sofrito, based on their shared love of jazz, Afro-Cuban, Latin and tropical sounds. The band comprised a young crop of London’s finest jazz musicians and a team of Cuban percussionists. Comprising members of the Nostalgia 77 Octet, the Alex Wilson Band, Jazz Jamaica, the Heliocentrics and Ska Cubano, together the players combine years of experience with innumerable jazz and Latin greats, and had the chops to lay down a session that would have made the dancers at the Palladium ballroom proud. The finished album features a selection of classics of the jazz and Latin canon from the ’50s, with new compositions that stand up proudly alongside. Paying tribute to the giants of Afro-Cuban jazz like Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo and Machito; combining traditional arrangements with Cuban bata drums and a fresh outlook on the Latin jazz sound, all cooked up in 21st century London, the album continues a great musical tradition and adds its own flavour to the melting pot of jazz and non-western music. You can check some tracks below and download the Rhythmagic version of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo’s Manteca for free!


There is a very limited vinyl run with hand letter-pressed covers available from the good people at Tru Thoughts here…

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