O. Vilato Jr

Real Name:
Orestes Vilató
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Percussionist born May 4, 1944 in Camagüey, Cuba.

Vilató started his pro career at age twelve with Belisario López's charanga, followed by stints with José Fajardo ('62-5), Johnny Pacheco (eight months) and Ray Barretto ('65-72); he also performed with Machito, Tito Puente, Fania All Stars, Mike Martínez's Latin Dimensions and others. In 1972 five of original lineup split from Ray Barretto band at height of its popularity: Adalberto Santiago, lead singer; Orestes Vilató, Johnny 'Dandy' Rodríguez, René López, and Dave Pérez formed Tipica 73.
Musical differences about 'stretching out' or staying típico split the band: Vilató, Santiago, Mannozzi, González left '76 to form Los Kimbos; Vilató later revealed that he and the other defectors had became dissatisfied with Dandy's financial management and Típica's failure to match the highly paid incomes of other mid-'70s salsa acts. Los Kimbos was a gutsy club band on eponymous LP '76, Mannozzi switching to piano and with trumpeter and musical director Roberto Rodríguez (d '88) from Barretto's band; on second LP they were The Big Kimbos with Adalberto Santiago '77, whereupon Santiago went solo and the band split into "Nelson González And His Band" (debuting on eponymous LP '77 on TR) and "Vilató y Los Kimbos", which released two further albums: Hoy y Mañana '78 and Aquacero Ne Me Moja '79. Disenchanted with Cotique, Vilató relocated to San Francisco '80 to work with Carlos Santana until 1988, thereafter he organised a gigging band called Los Kimbos 90 in 1990.
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Orestes Vilato - His Flute And Latin Jam album art Pacheco* His Flute And Latin Jam (Album) Fania Records, Fania Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Viva Watusi! album art Ray Barretto Viva Watusi! (Album) United Artists Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Dreams And Illusions album art Dreams And Illusions Dreams And Illusions (Album) Verve Forecast, Verve Forecast Canada 1968 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Acid album art Ray Barretto Acid (Album) Fania Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Solar Heat album art Cal Tjader Solar Heat (Album) Skye Records Canada 1968 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Hard Hands album art Ray Barretto Hard Hands (Album) Fania Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Together album art Ray Barretto Together (Album) Fania Records, Fania Records Venezuela 1969 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Soul Fountain album art Clifford Jordan Soul Fountain (Album) Vortex Records (2) US 1970 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Barretto Power album art Ray Barretto Barretto Power (Album) Fania Records, Fania Records US 1970 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Cheo album art Jose "Cheo" Feliciano* Cheo (Album) Vaya Records Colombia 1971 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - The Message album art Ray Barretto The Message (Album) Fania Records, Fania Records US 1971 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - I'm The One album art Annette Peacock I'm The One (Album) RCA Victor US 1972 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - "Live" At The Cheetah (Vol. 1) album art Fania All-Stars* "Live" At The Cheetah (Vol. 1) (Album) Fania Records Colombia 1972 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Que Viva La Musica album art Ray Barretto Que Viva La Musica (Album) Fania Records, Fania Records France 1972 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Live At The Cheetah Vol. 2 album art Fania All Stars Ponte Duro Live At The Cheetah Vol. 2 (Album) Fania Records Mexico 1972 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa) - Original Sound Track Recording album art The Fania All-Stars* Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa) - Original Sound Track Recording (Album) Fania Records, Fania Records Colombia 1972 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Tipica '73 album art Tipica 73 Oye Mi Guajira and 1 more… Tipica '73 (Album) Inca Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - With A Little Help From My Friend album art Cheo Feliciano With A Little Help From My Friend (Album) Vaya Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - La Tipica '73 Vol 2 album art Tipica '73* La Tipica '73 Vol 2 (Album) Inca Records US 1974 Sell This Version
6009, (S) 6009 Orestes Vilato - Ralfi album art Ralfi Pagan Ralfi(LP, Album) Fania Records, Discophon 6009, (S) 6009 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Ismael Quintana album art Ismael Quintana Ismael Quintana (Album) Vaya Records France 1974 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - El "Ray" Criollo album art Ray Barretto Despotate (as O.Vilato Jr.) El "Ray" Criollo (Album) West Side Latino Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Gonzalo, Pacheco Y Pupi album art Pupi Y Su Charanga Gonzalo, Pacheco Y Pupi (Album) Vaya Records, Vaya Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - La Candela album art Tipica 73 La Candela (Album) Inca Records, Inca Records, Inca Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Orestes Vilato - Ready For Freddy album art Carlos "Patato" Valdez* To Y Van Hecho (Tribute To Santeros In Puerto Rico) and 3 more… Ready For Freddy (Album) Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc., Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc. US 1976 Sell This Version

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