Personalities | Chano Pozo | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, percussion, 1915–48)

Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo was Dizzy Gillespie’s principal collaborator in melding Cuban music with jazz (a.k.a. ‘Cubop’). Their historic 1947 recordings ‘Manteca’ and ‘Cubana Be, Cubana Bop’ (co-written with George Russell) were the first to integrate real Afro-Cuban polyrhythms within a bop idiom. Their association proved brief; Pozo was shot dead in a bar in Harlem in mysterious circumstances shortly after the recordings were made, but the Afro-Cuban fusion sound remained a significant element in Gillespie’s music throughout his career.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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