Sabu – Palo Congo!

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This post is the twenty first post of my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery.

In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!

This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!

Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!

In this post we’re going to be talking about Sabu – Palo Congo!

As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!

Palo Congo was released in 1957 on Blue Note, it was produced by Alfred Lion, the art director was Reid Miles and the run time is 40:52!

Louis “Sabu” Martinez was an American conguero and percussionist, he was a prominent feature in the Cubop movement in the late 1940s and 1950s. Palo Congo was his first album.

Sabu started as a session sideman for Blue Note Records working on albums such as Art Blakey’s Orgy In Rhythm and Holiday For Skins.

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Palo Congo was the first album where he acted as band leader and to quote the book “he served up a variety of beats, drawing on his mixed Spanish / African / West Indian Heritage”.

I have to be honest and say that I hadn’t heard of Sabu prior to writing this post and I certainly had never listened to this album but I really enjoyed it! It was incredibly fun to listen to, the music is infectious and definitely makes me wish I could dance Rumba!

Let’s take a look at the track list:

Track One: El Cumbanchero

Track Two: Billumba-Palo Congo

Track Three: Choferito-Plena

Track Four: Asabache

Track Five: Simba

Track Six: Rhapsodia del Maravilloso

Track Seven: Aggo Elegua

Track Eight: Tribilin Cantore

My favourite track from this album was Choferito-Plena but as a whole I loved listening to this album.

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The only thing left for me to say is whether or not I think this album belongs on the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die…

Now normally in the case of an album I haven’t heard before or somebody I’m not too familiar with I would look at how it has influenced the music world / the impression it has left but I couldn’t find much information about this album or indeed Sabu.

But I DO think this album belongs on this list, it was really fun to listen to, it made me smile, it made me dance and I can honestly say that I would listen to it again and more like it and I think that everyone should listen to an album like this at least once in their lives, especially if it’s going to make them smile and dance!

That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.

Those aren’t affiliate links; I just want to make sure you guys know where to buy the book if you want to read along too!

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Charlotte xo