HI!. I'm looking forward to having a conga player show up at our weekly jam. Anyone recommend tunes that feature congas in addition to drums that is not Santana?
I want to have a few things to throw in the ring. Thanks for all your help.
Back in the day I did some gigs with a Chicago conga player (Alpha Stewart). Hand percussion is capable of a lot - under the hands of a good player, they can cover almost anything.
A few ideas:
Montego Bay - Bobby Bloom (the recording has timbales, but it's a good one for congas too)
Use Me - Bill Withers (Alpha and I did this as a duo... I covered the keyboard line on guitar, he did the drum part and it worked well)
anything by Tito Puente. You don't want Santana... but Santana isn't a songwriter; he's a cover artist. Stuff like Oye Como Va is actually Puente. He was a timbale player, but everything he did will work well with conga.
Afro Blue - John Coltrane. They guy who actually wrote this tune is Mongo Santamaria, who's a conga player. The original is on YouTube (with no video) here
And if you want to impress him, "congas" is the set - the big drum is the "tumba", the slightly smaller one is the "conga" and if there's a really little one it's the "quinto". I was always curious why only the little one has a masculine name in Spanish, but I've never discovered why.
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I'm def throwing use me out there. AWESOME recommendation. Thank you.
We use congas for jams all the time, especially when there's no full drum set as they add a lot. And a good conga player can play on just about anything. For example, during some of our latest get togethers, you would have heard congas on:
Man on the Moon
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Hey Eugene (by Pink Martini)
These Boots Were Made for Walking
Love is the Drug
just to name a few.
Play what you normally play for jams. As long as you don't blast your guest out, he's bound to come up with a tasteful part.
How about the banana boat song?
Probably anything Jimmy Buffett ever wrote would work too.
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Wow David you guys play Hey Eugene? I saw the band on CPTV and liked them so I got the song. I'd love to hear you guys jam to that.
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