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Living Era's The Wedding Samba presents 25 well-chosen recordings made by Edmundo Ros & His Rumba Band during the 1940s. By reaching back to 1941, Living Era's compilers have delved to the very bedrock of his lengthy discography. The band, which blended trumpet, flutes, and violins, is neatly represented by dance music both upbeat and romantic, with vocals by Ros, Santiago Lopez, and Ronald Mazar appearing like ginger blossoms among the bromeliads. The Latin American authenticity of Ros' early recordings may provide a pleasant contrast with his work in the late ‘40s, which contains higher incidences of show tunes and especially novelty tunes exploiting his ethnicity. By 1949, Ros was already well on the way to becoming a suave and sophisticated nightclub crooner who enjoyed enormous popularity among wealthy aristocrats in London, New York, and mainland Europe. The Wedding Samba is a great way to start to get to know Edmundo Ros. A much more intensive overview of his complete works may be cultivated by way of multiple-volume collections on the Harlequin and Dutton Vocalion labels.


Born: 07 December 1910 in Port Of Spain, Trinidad

Genre: Latin Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Bandleader Edmundo Ros was the living embodiment of Latin music in World War II-era Britain. The toast of London's high society, he effectively introduced the rhumba and samba to the U.K. shores. Born December 7, 1910, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, to a Scottish father and an African-Venezuelan mother, Ros spent much of his childhood in military school, playing percussion in the military band. The experience was otherwise miserable, however, and at 17 he ran away to Caracas, where he served as tympanist...
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