In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Tuesday, January 11, 2011



If you have enjoyed my very first posting, you will like this one too as it features both Jarmo Hoogendijk and Ben van Dungen. This album was issued in 1993 on the short-lived Lucho label and is currently OOP.

Super interpretation of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess in a Latin-Jazz / Salsa setting by Dutch band Nueva Mantecafeaturing Jan Laurens Hartong piano, leader, Ton De Gouw trumpet, Jarmo Hoogendijk trumpet, Ben Van Dungen saxophone, Boudewijn Lucas bass and bass guitar, Lucas van Merwijk drums, Martin Verdonk percussion, Nils Fischer timbales and guest player Alaor Soares Brazilian percussion player

Led by pianist Jan Laurenz Hartong (c.1941, Netherlands), eight-piece band Nueva Manteca are a Netherlands-based Latin jazz outfit who produce a highly authentic distillation of Latin music and also embrace traditions such as Arabic, classical, Dutch Antillean and salsa. As Hartong told the press in 1996, ‘It’s the same situation as hearing a Korean violinist playing a Beethoven concerto. It’s already accepted in the jazz world. In the whole world music development, a lot of people are digging into all kinds of cultures.’ Hartong began playing dixieland piano at the age of 12, before progressing to bebop by 15, at which time he began to work professionally. He played alongside Jan Hammer and Joachim Kühn in a 1966 international jazz festival judged by Cannonball and Nat Adderley where he won a medal.

A fan of Latin music since his childhood, Hartong formed a 10-piece salsa band in Rotterdam in 1983. He also visited the music’s home in Cuba in 1984 and 1987, which led to him switching to a Latin jazz style and changing his group’s name from Manteca to Neuva Manteca. For the first three years of the group’s existence he was joined by highly respected New York timbales player Nicky Marrero. The group won its live reputation playing festivals throughout Europe, also performing alongside guest artists including Giovanni Hidalgo, Juanito Torres, Orestes Vilató, Armando Peraza and Bobby Sanabria as part of the state-sponsored Nueva Manteca Meets The Legends series. 

Link in comments.

Highly recommended!


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  2. Great stuff! I particularly like "Summertime." Thanks!

  3. Thanks Richard, glad you've enjoyed this album.

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  5. Hi from Russia! Re-up it, please, if possible. Thank you!

    1. Hi,

      here it is, enjoy!