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Sabu Martinez

Primary Instrument: Congas

Born: July 14, 1930 | Died: January 13, 1979    

Sabu Martinez

Sabu was recognized as a virtuoso percussionist at a young age. Playing for the major Latin and be-bop names as a teenager, it was not long before he teamed up with top jazz artists and created astounding Afro-Latin jazz. With his own group he recorded the two wildest “exotica” records ever. and he continued working for great stars in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Eventually he moved to Sweden, where he led a conga school, resumed making records, and contributed to top Latin, big band, pop, jazz, fusion, and funk groups.

Louis “Sabu” Martinez was born July 14th, 1930 in New York City's El Barrio (Spanish Harlem). As a youth he got into all sorts of trouble but also banged on cans in a street band. His professional career began at age 11, when he began playing Latin percussion for renowned mambo and jazz bands, touring. In 1944 he returned from Puerto Rico to New York, where he continued to play in famous bands and develop his technique....
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Source: James Nadal

  • The Dalecarlia Recordings 1971-72

    Not On Label (Sabu Orimo Self-released)
    2009
  • Maldito Primitivo (The Swedish Radio Recordings 1977)

    Not On Label (Sabu Orimo Self-released)
    2009
  • Burned Sugar

    Not On Label (Sabu Orimo Self-released)
    2008
  • Winds & Skins

    Not On Label (Sabu Orimo Self-released)
    2008
  • Sabu's Jazz Espagnole

    Not On Label (Sabu Orimo Self-released)
    2001
  • Sabu In Orbit

    Not On Label (Sabu Orimo Self-released)
    1997
  • Groovin' With Sabu Martinez

    Not On Label (Sabu Orimo Self-released)
    1968
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