Mambo section

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In Afro-Caribbean music, mambo is the section of an arrangement in danzón and related styles, which features instrumental improvisation. The beginning of the evolution of this section from montuno is attributed to Machito and his Afro-Cubans, who included material, new to Afro-Caribbean music, for brass and saxophones, borrowed from the big band style. Israel "Cachao" López added an open vamp to danzon and called it "nuevo ritmo" ("new rhythm"), which was later called "mambo section" and eventually evolved into mambo music.[1][2]


  1. ^ Jim Payne, Tito Puente, p. 56-57
  2. ^ Max Salazar, "Orestes Lopez and the mambo", Latin Beat Magazine, September 2002