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Armando Peraza

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Born 1924 in Havana (Lawton Batista), Cuba. Bongos, Congas, and Timbales

Performed with Conjunto Kubavana, Chano Pozo, Machito, Perez Prado, George Shearing, Mongo Santamaria, Slim Gaillard, Cal Tjader, Santana, John McLaughlin, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Linda Rondstadt, Eric Clapton, etc. Inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institute's Hall of Jazz Legends.


The following discography of bongocero Armando Peraza is a working project. I invite others to submit additions/corrections to me via email. Once verified, they will be added.

Special acknowledgment to Steven Farrar and Bill Belmont at Fantasy Records and Attorney Matthew Dubuque for assisting in the compilation.

Trevor Salloum

The discography

As Leader :

Wild Thing (Skye 1968)

Conjunto Kubavana:

Rumba en el Patio (1944-47, Tumbao Re-issue 1992)

With Machito:

Cu-Bop (Roost Records 1949)

George Shearing:

George Shearing Caravan (MGM 1955)

The Shearing Spell (Capitol 1955)

Velvet Carpet (Capitol 1956)

Latin Escapade (Capitol 1956)

Black Satin (Capitol 1957)

In The Night (Capitol 1958- George Shearing and Dakota Station)

Burnished Brass (Capitol 1958)

Latin Lace (Capitol 1958)

George Shearing On Stage (Capitol 1959)

Latin Affair (Capitol 1959)

Beauty And The Beat (Capitol 1959-George Shearing and Peggy Lee)

On The Sunny Side Of The Strip (Capitol 1959)

Satin Affair (Capitol 1959)

The Swingin's Mutual (Capitol 1961-George Shearing and Nancy Wilson)

Mood Latino (Capitol 1962)

San Francsico Scene (Capitol 1962)

Rare Form (Capitol 1965)

Love Walked In (Jazzland 1962-George Shearing and the Montgomery Brothers)

Cal Tjader:

  • Vibist (10") (Savoy l954)
  • Ritmo Caliente (Fantasy l954)
  • Mas Ritmo Caliente (Fantasy l957)
  • In a Latin Bag (Verve l961)
  • Soul Sauce (Verve l964)
  • Soul Bird (Verve l965)
  • El Sonido Nuevo (Verve l966)
  • Along Comes Cal (Verve l967)
  • Cal Tjader Plugs In (Skye l969)
  • Latin + Jazz = Cal Tjader (Actual Jazz l993 (CD Reissue)
  • Compact Jazz (Verve/Polygram CD l989)
  • Huracan (Laserlight CD l992)


Victor Feldman:
Latinville (Cont 1959)

Freddie Gambrell:
Freddie Gambrell (World Pacific 1959)

Jazz Percussion:
Jazz Percussion (Warwick 1960)


Randy Weston:

  • Uhuru Africa (Roulette 1960)
  • Buddy Collette:
  • Warm Winds (World Pacific 1964)


Mongo Santamaria:

  • Mongo (Fantasy 1959)
  • Mongo's Way (Atlantic 1971)
  • Mongo Al vMontreaux (Atlantic 1971)
  • Afro Roots (compilation RCA 1972)
  • Soundtrack Che (Tetragammatron Records 1968)


Harvey Mandel:
Cristo Redentor (Phillips 1968)


Geore Duke:
Inner Source (MPS 1971)


Doug Clifford:
Doug Clifford (Fantasy 1972)



Santana (all Columbia Records):


  • Caravanserai (l972)
  • Welcome (l973)
  • Borboleta (l974)
  • Lotus (l975)
  • Amigos (l976)
  • Inner Secrets (l978)
  • Marathon (l979)
  • Zebop (l981)
  • Shango (l982)
  • Beyond Appearances (l985)
  • Freedom (l987)
  • Viva Santana (l988)
  • Spirits Dancing in the Flesh (l990)
  • Dance of the Rainbow Serpent (l995)



Carlos Santana (all Columbia)

  • Love, Devotion, and Surrender (l973)
  • Illuminations (l974)
  • Oneness (l979)
  • The Swing of Delight (l980)
  • Havana Moon (l983)
  • Blues for Salvador (l987)

New Riders of the Purple Sage
Adventures of Panama Red (Columbia l973)

Roy Buchanan


Rescue Me (Polydor l975)

Flat Out (Flat Out l975)


Alice Coltrane
Eternity (Warner Brothers l976)


Gato Barbieri
Tropico (A & M l978)


John McLaughlin
Electric Guitarist (Columbia l978)


ROAR (Tabu l985)


Aretha Franklin
Who's Zoomin' Who (Arista l985)


John Santos and the Machete Ensemble
Africa Volume 1(Machete Records 1988)


John Lee Hooker
The Healer (Silvertone l989)


Tom Coster
From Me to You (JVC l990)

Linda Ronstadt
Frenesi (Elektra l992)


Eric Clapton
Crossroads II (Polydor l996)


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