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Art of the Descarga

The John Santos Sextet

To download visit: https://folkways.si.edu/the-john-santos-sextet/art-of-the-descarga

Built on the Afro-Caribbean past, forged by visionaries such as John Santos and his comrades, and steeled by its rootedness in American life, Latin jazz is a major force shaping contemporary American musical culture. Over decades of performing, arranging,

To download visit: https://folkways.si.edu/the-john-santos-sextet/art-of-the-descarga

Built on the Afro-Caribbean past, forged by visionaries such as John Santos and his comrades, and steeled by its rootedness in American life, Latin jazz is a major force shaping contemporary American musical culture. Over decades of performing, arranging, producing, and teaching, Santos has helped make the San Francisco Bay area a Latin jazz stronghold. In Art of the Descarga, The John Santos Sextet and a parade of stellar guests mine the music’s imaginative motherlode, the descarga—the spontaneous, improvisatory interplay that is the beating heart of Latin jam sessions. Orestes Vilató, Jerry González, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Tito Matos, Juan “Juango” Gutiérrez, and other luminaries join the sextet in this spectacular collision of beauty, design, and time-honored creativity. (Michael Ambrosino) Full album price includes extensive liner notes by Michael Ambrosino and John Santos with Spanish translations.

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Shows / Events

We are thrilled to share the WORLD PREMIERE of SANTOS: Skin to Skin is screening at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin.  Directed and Produced by Searchlight Films