Active since: November 1, 1938 Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers - band/ensemble
“Ain't too many cats can get into that funk like we can get into the funk. Latin groups and jazz groups, they can do jazz, and they can do the Latin, but they can't do the funk like I can do it.”
The career of timbalero Henry Pucho Brown has come full circle. As leader of Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers, the Harlem-born percussionist was a pivotal figure in the Latin boogaloo movement that fused Latin, jazz, and funk styles during the Sixties. Eight albums by Pucho and his fiery New York-based band, including a best of collection, were issued by Prestige Records between 1966 and ’69. As popular tastes changed in the early Seventies, however, he disbanded the Latin Soul Brothers and formed a trio that spent the next 19 years playing standards and what he calls society Latin music in the relative obscurity of Catskill Mountain resort hotels-which he might still be doing today if it hadn’t been for a phenomenon that arose from the British club underground known as acid jazz....