1979 Mongo Santamaria – Red Hot

Red Hot is an album by Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria. It was released in 1979.

Ramón “Mongo” Santamaría Rodríguez (April 7, 1917 – February 1, 2003) was a Cuban percussionist and bandleader who spent most of his career in the United States. Primarily a conga drummer, Santamaría was a leading figure in the pachanga and boogaloo dance crazes of the 1960s. His biggest hit was his rendition of Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man”, which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. From the 1970s, he recorded mainly salsa and Latin jazz, before retiring in the late 1990s.


1  Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock; Jon Hendricks) 06:24
2  A Mi No Me Engañan (You Better Believe It) (Mongo Santamaria; Tata Guerra) 04:35
3  Jai Alai (Rena) (Gary King) 07:39
4  Jamaican Sunrise (Doug Harris) 05:50
5  Afro-Cuban Fantasy (Jay Chattaway) 07:36
6  Sambita (Joe Gallardo; Justo Almario) 05:45


1 Watermelon Man

BassGary King
DrumsJimmy Young
GuitarJeff Layton
GuitarLance Quinn
PianoBob James
SynthesizerBob James
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
BongosMongo Santamaria
CongasMongo Santamaria
Background VocalsMichael Brecker
Background VocalsRandy Brecker
Background VocalsBrenda Frazier
Background VocalsGwen Guthrie
Background VocalsVivian Cherry
VocalsLa Lupe

2 A Mi No Me Engañan (You Better Believe It)

BassSal Cuevas
DrumsSteve Berrios
TresHarry Viggiano
PianoCharlie Palmieri
CongasMongo Santamaria
TimbalesSteve Berrios
PercussionMongo Santamaria
VocalsBrenda Frazier
VocalsFrank Floyd
VocalsGwen Guthrie
VocalsHector Aponte
VocalsRay Simpson
VocalsVivian Cherry
VocalsZachary Sanders

3 Jai Alai (Rena)

BassGary King
DrumsSteve Berrios
Guitar (solo)Jeff Layton
GuitarEric Gale
Fender RhodesBarry Miles
Mini MoogBarry Miles
EffectsBob James
TrumpetJon Faddis
CongasMongo Santamaria
PercussionJim Maelen

4 Jamaican Sunrise

BassGary King
DrumsIdris Muhammad
GuitarEric Gale
PianoBarry Miles
FluteDoug Harris
BongosMongo Santamaria

5 Afro-Cuban Fantasy

BassGary King
DrumsSteve Gadd
Electronic DrumsBob James
GuitarEric Gale
Fender RhodesBob James
SaxMark Colby
BataHector Hernandez
BataJulio Collazo
BataSteve Berrios
BataMongo Santamaria
ShekereSteve Berrios
PercussionMongo Santamaria

6 Sambita

BassLee Smith
DrumsThelmo M Porto
GuitarEric Gale
PianoBill O’Connell
BongosMongo Santamaria
CongasMongo Santamaria
PercussionThelmo M Porto

Liner Notes

Producer – Jay Chattaway
Producer (Executive) – Bob James
Arranged By – Jay Chattaway (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Arranged By – Marty Sheller (Track 2)
Conductor – Jay Chattaway (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Conductor – Marty Sheller (Track 2)
Engineer – Joe Jorgensen
Engineer (Additional) – Alec Head (Track 2
Mastered By – Vlado Meller

Design – Paula Scher
Photography – Buddy Endress

Mastered At CBS Studios, New York
Mixed At Soundmixers, NYC
Overdubbed At Soundmixers, NYC
Recorded At A&R Studios
Recorded At Mediasound
Phonographic Copyright Tappan Zee Records Inc