No Blues, Noro
Bandleader/pianist/composer Noro Morales was one of the undisputable greats of mambo and rumba music in the fourties and fifties. Most of his recordings feature large(r) groups of musicians and are all about igniting the dancefloor. This 1960 album for the Tico label is an oddity in Morales’ discography: a mellow set of quintet-based latin jazz. Sometimes the tunes veer dangerously close to kitsch-territory, but luckily the musicianship and general vibe saves the day. “No Blues, Noro” is a perfect soundtrack for lazy summer breakfasts on the balcony… and random friday afternoons as well.