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Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers

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(1959 – present)

Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers (better known as Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers), was a 60s / early-70s band, formed by Henry Brown (b. 1 Nov 1938, best known as Henry “Pucho” Brown), in 1959. Somewhat forgotten, until 90s re-releases - few fused: jazz, Latin music, soul & funk, nearly as well.

Pucho didn’t achieve the wide recognition of some other performers, exploring similar territory, e.g.: Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo & Cal Tjader. The player / bandleader may also have been too eclectic / open (to outside influences), to achieve significant recognition amongst piers & the, then contemporary, ‘serious’ jazz community.

What’s a weakness in one circle’s view, however, is a strength for other listeners. As a result, Pucho has a wider appeal than many straight jazz performers. Fans of R&B, rock, and Latin music can immediately connect with him, especially as he’s always made sure to play music that’s hot and danceable. His accessibility, however, has by no means compromised the quality of his material or his Latin Soul Brothers bands, which have featured fine and versatile players.

Contrary to the assumptions of many listeners, Pucho himself is not Latino, but African-American. As a Harlem teenager, he cultivated loves for jazz, rhythm & blues, and mambo. In the late ’50s, he served for several years in the band of pianist Joe Panama.

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