I was happy to find this one at a recent LP sale–and it’s NM promo copy! Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in 1966, this was percussionist Willie Bobo’s second of several albums that he cut for Verve in the mid-to-late 1960’s. Prior to his solo releases he had stints as a sideman with Tito Puente, George Shearing, and Cal Tjader. His time with Tjader was particularly notable as part of his Modern Mambo Quintet, and later on his hit 1965 LP “Soul Sauce”.
Although this release was on Verve, it sports the promo label of it’s parent company MGM as part of its “Latino Series”. Because of the promo label I figured this was an original pressing, but on the back cover it says “album originally released on Verve V6-8648”. I wonder if the “Latino Series” ran concurrently with Verve releases or slightly later? Either way, it’s nice copy of a fun record.
(Details: MGM (Verve) LAT 10011/ MGS 2416/ yellow promo)