Mario Rivera (musician)

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Mario Rivera
Birth nameMario Antonio Rivera Manzanillo
Born(1939-07-22)July 22, 1939
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
DiedAugust 10, 2007(2007-08-10) (aged 68)
New York City
GenresLatin jazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsSaxophone
Years active1960–2000
Associated actsTito Puente

Mario Rivera (July 22, 1939 - August 10, 2007) was a Latin jazz saxophonist from the Dominican Republic. Besides saxophone, Rivera played trumpet, flute, piano, vibraphone, congas, and drums.[1]

Career[edit]

When Rivera was 22, he moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic and accompanied singer Joe Valle.[1] He spent two years with bandleader Tito Rodríguez.[1] During his career he worked with Mongo Santamaria, Eddie Palmieri, and Machito.[1] In 1988 he became a member of the United Nations Orchestra led by Dizzy Gillespie.[1] He was also a member of the Afro-Cuban Jazz Band led by Chico O'Farrill.[1] From the 1970s to the 1990s he worked with Tito Puente.[1] Both appeared in the films Calle 54 and The Mambo Kings.[1] His only solo album, El Commandante, was released in 1996.[1] Rivera died on cancer on August 10, 2007.[1]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • El Comandante ...The Merengue (Groovin' High, 1994)

As sideman[edit]

With Willie Colon

With Cheo Feliciano

  • The Singer (Vaya 1976)
  • Mi Tierra y Yo (Vaya 1977)

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Kip Hanrahan

  • Desire Develops an Edge (American Clave, 1983)
  • Vertical's Currency (American Clave, 1985)
  • Days and Nights of Blue Luck Inverted (American Clave, 1987)
  • Exotica (American Clave, 1992)
  • Original Music from the Soundtrack of Pinero (American Clave, 2002)
  • Beautiful Scars (American Clave, 2008)

With Conrad Herwig

  • Que Viva Coltrane (Criss Cross, 2004)
  • Sketches of Spain y Mas (Half Note 2006)
  • The Latin Side of Miles Davis (Half Note 2004)

With Giovanni Hidalgo

  • Worldwide (RMM, 1993)
  • The Conga Kings with Candido, Carlos Patato Valdes (Chesky, 2001)

With Chico O'Farrill

  • Heart of a Legend (Milestone, 1999)
  • Carambola (Milestone, 2000)

With Eddie Palmieri

  • Sentido (Coco, 1973)
  • The Sun of Latin Music (Coco, 1974)
  • Unfinished Masterpiece (Coco, 1975)
  • Exploration (Coco, 1978)
  • La Perfecta II (Concord, 2001)
  • Ritmo Caliente (Concord, 2003)
  • Simpático with Brian Lynch (ArtistShare, 2006)

With Tito Puente

  • On Broadway (Concord Jazz Picante, 1983)
  • El Rey (Concord Jazz Picante, 1984)
  • Mambo Diablo with George Shearing (Concord Jazz Picante, 1985)
  • Sensacion (Concord Jazz Picante, 1986)
  • Un Poco Loco (Concord Jazz Picante, 1987)
  • Salsa Meets Jazz Concord Jazz with Phil Woods (Concord Picante, 1988)
  • Out of This World (Concord Picante, 1991)
  • Mambo of the Times (Concord Jazz Picante, 1992)
  • Royal T (Concord Picante, 1993)
  • Live at the Village Gate (Bellaphon, 1993)
  • Master Timbalero (Concord Jazz Picante, 1994)
  • In Session (RMM, 1994)
  • Special Delivery with Maynard Ferguson (Concord Jazz Picante, 1996)
  • Live at Birdland Dancemania '99 (RMM, 1998)
  • Mambo Birdland (RMM, 1999)
  • Masterpiece/Obra Maestra (RMM, 2000)
  • Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival (Concord, 2002)

With Tito Rodriguez

  • Carnival of the Americas (Musicor, 1964)
  • Big Band Latino (Musicor, 1968)
  • Palladium Memories (1971)

With Tipica 73

  • En Cuba Intercambio Cultural (Fania, 1979)
  • Charangueando Con La Tipica 73 (Fania, 1980)
  • Tipica 73...Into the 80's (Fania, 1981)

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Ankeny, Jason. "Mario Rivera". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 July 2019.