Manny Oquendo

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Manny Oquendo (January 1, 1931 – March 25, 2009) was an American percussionist of Puerto Rican ancestry. Manny Oquendo_sentence_0

His main instruments were the timbales and the bongos. Manny Oquendo_sentence_1

He was a long-time member of Eddie Palmieri's Conjunto La Perfecta, which he left in the 1970s to co-lead the Conjunto Libre. Manny Oquendo_sentence_2

Life and career Manny Oquendo_section_0

Oquendo grew up in New York City and began studying percussion in 1945. Manny Oquendo_sentence_3

He worked in the bands of Tropical and Latin music ensembles such as Carlos Valero, Luis del Campo, Juan "El Boy" Torres, Luciano "Chano" Pozo, José Budet, Juanito Sanabria, Marcelino Guerra, José Curbelo, and Pupi Campo. Manny Oquendo_sentence_4

In 1950, he became the bongó player for Tito Puente. Manny Oquendo_sentence_5

Following this he played with Tito Rodríguez in 1954 and Vicentico Valdés in 1955. Manny Oquendo_sentence_6

He worked freelance in New York before joining Eddie Palmieri's Conjunto La Perfecta in 1962, where he helped develop the New York-style of the Mozambique rhythm. Manny Oquendo_sentence_7

He co-led Conjunto Libre (later simply Libre) with bassist Andy González from 1974 and had a worldwide hit with "Little Sunflower" in 1983. Manny Oquendo_sentence_8

This Freddie Hubbard composition was included on their album Ritmo, Sonido y Estilo. Manny Oquendo_sentence_9

Musical style Manny Oquendo_section_1

Oquendo's timbales solos were famous for their sparse, straightforward típico phrasing, reminiscent of the Cuban timbaleros of the 1940s. Manny Oquendo_sentence_10

According to musician and producer Juan de Marcos González, Oquendo's tuning of the timbales was comparable to that of Silvano "Chori" Shueg. Manny Oquendo_sentence_11

Oquendo's solos also incorporated the rhythmic language of the folkloric quinto, the lead drum of rumba. Manny Oquendo_sentence_12

Discography Manny Oquendo_section_2

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  • Con Salsa, Con Ritmo, Vol. 1, (Salsoul Records, 1976)Manny Oquendo_item_0_0
  • Con Salsa, Con Ritmo Vol. 2 - Tiene Calidad, (Salsoul Records, 1978)Manny Oquendo_item_0_1
  • Los Líderes de la Salsa (Salsoul Records, 1979)Manny Oquendo_item_0_2
  • Libre Increíble (Salsoul Records, 1981)Manny Oquendo_item_0_3
  • Ritmo, Sonido, y Estilo (Montuno Records, 1983)Manny Oquendo_item_0_4
  • Mejor que Nunca (Milestone Records, 1994)Manny Oquendo_item_0_5
  • Muévete! (Milestone, 1996)Manny Oquendo_item_0_6
  • Ahora (Milestone, 1999)Manny Oquendo_item_0_7
  • Los New Yorkinos (Milestone, 2000)Manny Oquendo_item_0_8

With Eddie Palmieri Manny Oquendo_sentence_13

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  • Eddie Palmieri y La Perfecta (1961);Manny Oquendo_item_1_9
  • El Molestoso (1962);Manny Oquendo_item_1_10
  • Azúcar Pa' Ti ("Sugar for You") 1965);Manny Oquendo_item_1_11
  • Mozambique (1966);Manny Oquendo_item_1_12
  • El Sonido Nuevo (Verve, 1966) With Cal Tjader;Manny Oquendo_item_1_13
  • Bamboléate (Tico, 1967) With Cal Tjader;Manny Oquendo_item_1_14
  • Molasses (1967);Manny Oquendo_item_1_15
  • Champagne (1968);Manny Oquendo_item_1_16
  • Justicia (1969);Manny Oquendo_item_1_17
  • Superimposition (1970);Manny Oquendo_item_1_18
  • Harlem River Drive (1971)Manny Oquendo_item_1_19

With Tito Rodriguez Manny Oquendo_sentence_14

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With Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Manny Oquendo_sentence_15

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With Paul Quinichette Manny Oquendo_sentence_16

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  • Moods (EmArcy, 1954)Manny Oquendo_item_4_23


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