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Mingo Lewis
Mingo (* 1953) is a percussionist and drummer, but plays also keyboards. He has played with Santana, Al Di Meola, Return to Forever, and The Tubes.
One of Mingo's earliest work as a session musician was on highly acclaimed 'Caravanserai', having been picked up by Carlos Santana as a replacement drummer for a New York City concert (allegedly the hiring was at the very last minute). This led him to work also on the collaboration between Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin the next year and also to work with Chick Corea on the 'Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy' album by Return To Forever. Mingo's longest and most consistent collaboration though was along with Al Di Meola as a full fledged composer on his first five albums which are mostly regarded as the most vibrant and progressive ones in his discography. In the 1980s he would end up playing for the likes of Todd Rundgren, XTC and The Tubes.
In his whole carreer, Mingo recorded only one album as band leader; 'Flight Never Ending' from 1976 deserves a lot more attention though, described as "Heavy symphonic synthesizer music with a lot of really happening rhythmic patterns", quality wise it pairs well against the classic albums of Al Di Meola and Return To Forever and is recommended to fans of classic progressive fusion.
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Elegant Gypsy
Columbia PC 34461
released 1977
recorded in New York City/USA
Al Di Meola, guitar
Paco de Lucía, guitar
Jan Hammer, piano, synthesizer
Mingo Lewis, organ, synthesizer, congas, percussion
Barry Miles, piano
Anthony Jackson, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Lenny White, drums

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