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Azteca
     

Azteca

by Azteca
 

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In all likelihood, Azteca never would've had a major-label contract if it weren't for Santana, the trailblazing San Franciscan group that made Latin rhythms acceptable. Azteca had a stronger Latin bent than Santana, particularly on their eponymous 1972 debut that is dense with polyrhythms and horns, dipping occasionally

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In all likelihood, Azteca never would've had a major-label contract if it weren't for Santana, the trailblazing San Franciscan group that made Latin rhythms acceptable. Azteca had a stronger Latin bent than Santana, particularly on their eponymous 1972 debut that is dense with polyrhythms and horns, dipping occasionally into a Cinemascope presentation of saccharine emotions. That sentimentality and on-the-nose celebrations ("You Can't Take the Funk Out of Me"), along with a general hippie-dippy vibe, give the album a period-piece flavor but there is much to savor here, especially in how all involved enjoy playing with the groove, letting it breathe and expand, sometimes happy to let it ride upwards of seven minutes. Azteca is too undisciplined to be a minor gem but it's still charming: it envisions a world without borders and that's hard to resist even when it's not always well articulated. [BBR's 2013 expansion contains single versions of "Ain't Got No Special Woman" and "Mamita Linda" as bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/1995
Label:
Gnp Crescendo
UPC:
0052824223721
catalogNumber:
2237

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Performance Credits

Azteca   Primary Artist
Neal Schon   Guitar
Pete Escovedo   Percussion,Vocals
Mel Martin   Flute,Piccolo,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wind
Lenny White   Drums,Vocals
George Muribus   Keyboards
Coke Escovedo   Timbales
George DiQuatro   Keyboards
Bob Ferreira   Piccolo,Wind
Wendy Haas   Vocals
Tom Harrell   Trumpet,Horn
Paul Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Errol Knowles   Vocals
Flip Nunez   Organ
Victor Pantoja   Conductor,Conga,Vocals
Rico Reyes   Vocals
Jim Vincent   Guitar
George DeQuattro   Piano,Clavinet
George Moribus   Electric Piano
Jules Rowell   Valve Trombone
Jim Vincen   Guitar

Technical Credits

Azteca   Producer
Neil Norman   Executive Producer
Coke Escovedo   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Mark Banning   Contributor,Art Direction
George Engfer   Engineer,Contributor
Tom Harrell   Arranger
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Bruce Steinberg   Art Direction,Cover Design
Paris Escovedo   Liner Notes

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