Willie Bobo: An Appreciation And A New Album : Alt.Latino The percussionist and bandleader, who died in 1983, played a significant role in Latin jazz history. A new album of recently recovered music is cause for revisiting his legacy.
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Willie Bobo: An Appreciation And A New Album

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Willie Bobo: An Appreciation And A New Album

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Percussionist and bandleader Willie Bobo had a remarkable career that not only reflected his Afro-Caribbean background, but also created a cross-cultural hybrid that still reflects the bi-cultural life of Latinos living in this country. Still, he rarely gets enough credit for his role in the development of bugaloo, Latin jazz, and then Latin soul.

This week on Alt.Latino, we change that when we talk to his son, Eric Bobo, about a new collection of long-lost material, released this week with the title Dig My Feeling.

From his start with Tito Puente and Latin big bands to his later career as a major exponent of Latin soul, Willie Bobo innovated constantly. The proof of that lies in the way contemporary club DJs seek out vinyl copies of Bobo's albums from the 1960s and '70s, up until his death in 1983.

So this week, we're all about Willie Bobo and shedding more light on his place in Latin-music history — not to mention a whole bunch of old-school finger-popping grooves.

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05Round Trip

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    Round Trip
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    Dig My Feeling
    Artist
    Willie Bobo
    Label
    Nacional Records
    Released
    2016

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Round Trip

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  • by Willie Bobo

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Dig My Feeling
Album
Dig My Feeling
Artist
Willie Bobo
Label
Nacional Records
Released
2016

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Ti Mon Bo

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Song
Top Percussion
Album
Top Percussion
Artist
Tito Puente
Label
RCA International
Released
1957

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Spanish Grease

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Spanish Grease
Album
Spanish Grease
Artist
Willie Bobo
Label
Verve [Studio]
Released
1965

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04Dig My Feeling

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    2016

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Dig My Feeling
Album
Dig My Feeling
Artist
Willie Bobo
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Nacional Records
Released
2016

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03Lost Years

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    Lost Years
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    Dig My Feeling
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    Willie Bobo
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    Nacional Records
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    2016

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Dig My Feeling
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Dig My Feeling
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Willie Bobo
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2016

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Father And Son

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