Pete Escovedo: Live! (2003)
The leader sets a festive mood with his bold timbale attitude; son Peter Michael sings in a welcome traditional style; daughter Sheila E. tears it up at the drum set; and son Juan Jose shapes the congas to fit each occasion. Wayne Wallace adds a lush trombone feature with “Pete Kelley’s Blues” and Robbie Kwock shines a bright trumpet on a majestic arrangement of “Viva Cepeda.” Pianists Joe Rotundi and Murray Low carry a major portion of the band’s kicking rhythmic drive. Toshi Yanagi offers a standout electric guitar solo on “Sunrise,” with a result that grooves deeply in a Santana mood. The session’s thrills are many: shimmering trumpets, celebratory voices, and poignant percussion. When four of the band’s members trade solos on “Whatcha Gonna Do,” then merge their spontaneous revolutions into one big fiesta, it’ll knock your socks off. Pete Escovedo’s highly recommended live session is just what the doctor ordered.
Track Listing: Esta Noche; La Cuna; Que Vivo Yo; Sunrise; La Piedra; The E Medley: Azteca Mozambique/Ah Ah/ Cueros; Pete Kelley
Personnel: Pete Escovedo- timbales, percussion, lead vocals, vocals; Sheila E.- drums, percussion, vocals; Peter Michael Escovedo- guiro, bell, vocals; Juan Escovedo- congas, vocals; Justo Almario- flute, saxophone; Melecio Magdaluyo- saxophone; Ramon Flores, Mario Gonzales, Louis Fasman, Robbie Kwock- trumpet; Arturo Velasco, Wayne Wallace, Dave Gregoric- trombone; Toshi Yanagi- guitar; Joe Rotundi, Murray Low- piano; Raymond McKinley, Mark Van Wageningen- bass; Paul Van Wageningen- drums; Errol Knowles- lead vocals, vocals.
Record Label: Concord Music Group