V.S.O.P. #87 Andex S 4002 THE RENE BLOCH ORCHESTRA: MUCHO ROCK
Louis Valizian, Marvin Brown, Ronnie Ossa, Bob McKinzie (trumpets); Rene Bloch, Teddy Edwards, Nash Maez, Dick Houlgate, Augie Alcaraz (saxophones); Vince Diaz (trombone); Roberto Gil (piano); Charlie Blackwell (bass); Willie Bobo, Mongo, Jack Navarra, Lalo Guerrero, Juan Cheda, ModestO Duran (percussion).
Recorded 11/4/58 at Third Street Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Great 1958 stereo recording of Cha Chas, Mambos and R&B tunes by hot Hollywood-Latin Orchestra led by former Perez Prado alto star, Rene Bloch (Rene Bloch was also the alto soloist on the Johnny Otis Orchestra's 1945 hit version of "Harlem Nocturne"). All 15 selections are arranged by Paul Lopez, Roberto Gil and Rene Bloch. Arrangements and performances are tight and quite jazzy. There is not much rock and roll in this album, but it definitely swings in a latin groove. Sound is excellent with wide stereo separation prevalent at the time.
Other sources for this CD: City Hall Records