A “tipico” album of smooth jazz and Salsa, Pete Escovedo’s 5th Concord release is reminiscent of Tito Puente’s popular appeal. Mambo, guajira, cha cha cha, bolero and samba provide the listener a romantic evening with gentle, flowing motion. Escovedo’s heartfelt vocals, sensitive guest instrumentalists and his family’s rhythmic, percussive accompaniments drive the session. Son Peter Michael, daughters Sheila & Zina, and wife Juanita help balance the latest family project. Since the early 1950s, family has influenced Escovedo’s professional music choices. His brothers played guitar, sang, and shared a professional interest in Latin percussion. Pete and his brother, Thomas “Coke” Escovedo, performed with Carlos Santana for quite some time before forming their own 14-piece jazz-influenced band, Azteca.
Singing with a light, expressive tenor voice and entertaining with timbales & congas, Escovedo evokes romantic scenes through song. Soloists Justo Almario, Ray Vega, Ramon Flores, Art Velasco, Francisco Torres, George Duke and Joe Rotundi lend creative energy and passion. The fiery, Afro-Cuban “Escolandia” lends a traditional touch. And just in time for Mardi Gras, Almario’s soprano sax feature on “La Samba” seems to ooze the sun’s warmth amid a chorus of lovely wordless vocals. It’s a love fest for Valentine’s Day, appropriately caressed by such familiar phrases as “Bueno, mi famlia” and “Yo te quiero mucho.”
Track Listing: Mis Amigos; Si Te Contara; La Samba; Praise and Worship; Te Vas;
Personnel: Pete Escovedo- timbales, lead vocals, bongos, congas, cowbell, percussion; Sheila E.- vocals, drums, percussion, congas, guiro, bell; Peter Michael Escovedo- drums, vocals, congas, percussion; Juanita Escovedo- guiro, percussion; Zina Escovedo- vocals, percussion; Joe Rotundi, George Duke- piano; Renato Neto- keyboards; Oskar Cartaya- electric bass; Mike Shapiro- drums; Ray Obiedo- guitar; Justo Almario- flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone; Ramon Flores, Daniel Fernero, Harry Kim- trumpet; Ray Vega- trumpet, flugelhorn; Arturo Velasco, Francisco Torres- trombone; Mirley
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!