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  posted on 10/20/2008 at 03:25 PM
When Santana started to change his band around in the early 70's I was pretty disappointed. I thought the original lineup was terrific. Actually still do. However, it was not too long before I fell in love with Armando Peraza's playing. A showman who could pound away just like the young ones, he was thrilling in concert. With mates Raul Rekow & Orestes Vilato, that was some percussion section. It always amazed me that Armando, an older man in many respects and compared to his band mates, could play for over 2 hours and give his all.

Here's a story: I used to sell a lot of stuff on Ebay. One day I put up the LP ROAR, which was an album of, at that time, the Santana band - just with out Carlos. Anyway, someone wins the auction. That someone turns out to be Armando's wife Josphine (i believe). Any way she tells me who she is and that she cannot find the out of print LP anywhere. Having a soft heart I tell her just give me the address and I'll send it free of charge as I am a fan of Armando's thru Santana. Two weeks later I get a package and there are about 25 CD's of Armando's work and a signed poster & a signed 8x10 promo (that's hangs on my wall) by Armando. Is that class or what?

He's in his eighties now. I'm glad I saw him a good bunch of times with Santana over the years. Sometimes I wish you can turn back the hands of time.

 
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  posted on 10/20/2008 at 03:32 PM
Very cool story, liveillusion!

 

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  posted on 10/20/2008 at 04:47 PM
I always loved Armando is his band....

 

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  posted on 10/20/2008 at 05:12 PM
Armando has always been one of my favorites. I saw him play many times in the 1970's, and he would sit on the stage while throwing down and he was/is fantastic. As a follower of percussion players going all of the way back to the cats in Xavier Cugat's band on the Ed Sullivan Show, I always enjoyed seeing and hearing Santana's latest find. I still love the work of Escovedo and the two Brazillian cats that came onboard in later years. I am a huge fan of Jose' Chepito Areas, however, whose self-titled solo album from 1974 is fantastic. By the way, Armando and Jose' both played on the "Welcome" album. Around the same time I dug a lot deeper and got into Airto and Mongo and the Fania-Harlow salsa bunch as well as the excellent find in a thrifthsop of the 1959 album "Havana Holiday" by Tito Rivera featuring Yoyo Gonzales and Jose Morales of pre-Castro Cuba. While I love Santana's early stuff as well as "Moon Flower," probably my favorite album of his is the one that sold the least- "Barboletta."

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[Edited on 10/20/2008 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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  posted on 10/20/2008 at 05:33 PM
Barboletta and Caravanserai for me...

I need to find the Barboletta CD..

My fave Santana band was the "Moonflower" band....

 

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  posted on 10/20/2008 at 06:33 PM
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Armando has always been one of my favorites. I saw him play many times in the 1970's, and he would sit on the stage while throwing down and he was/is fantastic. As a follower of percussion players going all of the way back to the cats in Xavier Cugat's band on the Ed Sullivan Show, I always enjoyed seeing and hearing Santana's latest find. I still love the work of Escovedo and the two Brazillian cats that came onboard in later years. I am a huge fan of Jose' Chepito Areas, however, whose self-titled solo album from 1974 is fantastic. By the way, Armando and Jose' both played on the "Welcome" album. Around the same time I dug a lot deeper and got into Airto and Mongo and the Fania-Harlow salsa bunch as well as the excellent find in a thrifthsop of the 1959 album "Havana Holiday" by Tito Rivera featuring Yoyo Gonzales and Jose Morales of pre-Castro Cuba. While I love Santana's early stuff as well as "Moon Flower," probably my favorite album of his is the one that sold the least- "Barboletta."

Derek H

[Edited on 10/20/2008 by DerekFromCincinnati]
Chepito was terrific. Many of the Santana percusion players were awesome. Speaking of Barazilian percussionist, Laudir De Oliviera of Chicago was really excellent. He added a lot to the sound.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2008 at 06:36 PM
Is it just me or does Armando Peraza look like a short Hank Aaron?
 
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