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Latin Percussion Large Agogo Bells
Designed in the 1960’s in response to the Bossa Nova craze, LP’s interpretation of the instrument that comes from Brazil is distinctly brighter in sound than the original versions. Through years of extensive use on influential recordings, LP Agogo Bells have become the sound that is sought after globally.
Passion. It is the force that drives all human beings to strive, to achieve and to make their dreams come true. The story of Latin Percussion hinges on the passion of one man. A passion that drove him to create, innovate and unmistakably change the face of percussion — and music — forever.
In 1956, a young mechanical engineer and avid photographer from the Bronx named Martin Cohen happened upon New York's famous Birdland jazz club. He walked in and was immediately captivated by the sounds of Cal Tjader's hot Latin jazz. Cohen was so taken with the infectious music that he became a regular at the Monday night jam sessions, which were headed by flutist Herbie Mann and featured percussionists like Candido and Jose Mangual, Sr. Cohen was particularly inspired by Mangual. "Up until then, there was no role model that exemplified greatness," Cohen said. "That's what I saw in Mangual, and that's what I wanted to be, somebody who had that mastery of something." Cohen became a student of the 1960's Latin scene, and soon wanted his own set of bongos. It was then that he learned about the politics of Latin percussion. Because of the government-imposed trade embargo against Cuba, finding high quality Latin percussion instruments in the United States was a difficult prospect at best. This obstacle did not derail young Cohen’s passion and he put his engineering skills to use to create his own set of bongos. Using photos of Johnny Pacheco's bongos, he created his first prototype. Of course, practice makes perfect, and this first attempt was not exactly flawless. The rest as they say is history.