Raised in NYCs Spanish Harlem neighborhood, William Bobo Correa (19341983) was one of the premiere Jazz & Latin percussionists of the 1960s and 70s, most recognized for playing Afro-Cuban Jazz. Correa joined Tito Puentes band at the age of 19, where he was supposedly given his stage name, Willie Bobo, by piano virtuoso Mary Lou Williams after seeing him perform.
Bobo played as a sideman for Dizzy Gillespie, but was given his first mainstream exposure after playing on the George Shearing album The Shearing Spell. He later joined Cal Tjaders Modern Mambo Quintet during the peak of the 1950s Mambo craze, before finally assembling his own group. After relocating to Los Angeles in the 1970s, Bobo worked with Latin Rock icon Carlos Santana, as well as for Bill Cosby on his variety show Cos.
Willie Bobos life was cut tragically short, depriving the world of years of music from one of the most influential infusers of Latin, Jazz, Rock and Popular music. Bobo described his unique blend of musical styles as the sound a Latin cat in Harlem would dig. However, Bobos artistry not only affected and contributed to the evolution of music, but left a legacy that reaches far beyond his home neighborhood.
"One of Latin music's all-time great percussionists." - Latin Beat Magazine
Bobo's Theme, Rise, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Pisces, Love's Theme, A Snort of Green, Keep That Same Old Feelin', Mister Magic, Summertime
Release Date: 24 August 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Sound: Dolby Digital
Main Language: English