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Malo
     

Malo

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Malo's debut album remains their best and best-known work, primarily for the inclusion of the hit single "Suavecito." That track managed to make a Chicago-like pop-soul song sound hip with its smooth integration of Latin rhythms and irresistible "la la la" chorus. However, it represented just one facet of a band who, despite some expected similarities to Santana,

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Malo's debut album remains their best and best-known work, primarily for the inclusion of the hit single "Suavecito." That track managed to make a Chicago-like pop-soul song sound hip with its smooth integration of Latin rhythms and irresistible "la la la" chorus. However, it represented just one facet of a band who, despite some expected similarities to Santana, played some of the most exciting and exuberant fusions of rock, soul, and Latin music. The six extended tracks (all clocking in at over six minutes apiece) leaned more heavily on hot Latin jazz brass than Santana did, though Jorge Santana himself generated plenty of friction with his burning electric guitar. It's not an exaggeration to state that by the time this came out in 1972, Malo's Latin rock blend sounded fresher than Santana's, if only because they sound hungrier and less formulaic than Santana did by that point. The Santana comparisons are unavoidable, though in this case it's to Malo's credit, as they too boasted a deft balance of improvisatory instrumental passages, solid multi-layered percussive rhythms, and emotional, romantic singing in both Spanish and English. The album has been reissued on CD as one of the discs in Rhino Handmade's Celebracion box set, with the addition of five bonus tracks, though those are merely edited single versions of songs on the LP.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/1995
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624588924
catalogNumber:
2584
Rank:
45960

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Malo   Primary Artist
Luis Gasca   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Jorge Santana   Guitar
Coke Escovedo   Percussion
Richard Bean   Percussion,Timbales,Vocals
Arcello Garcia   Percussion,Vocals
Richard Kermode   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ron Murray   Horn
Roy Murray   Flute,Trombone,Trumpet,Soprano Saxophone
Victor Pantoja   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Richard Spremich   Drums
Pablo Tellez   Bass,Percussion
Abel Zapate   Guitar
Arcello Garcia   Vocals
Abel Zarate   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sonny Stitt   Composer
Luis Gasca   Arranger
Art Blakey   Composer
Fred Catero   Engineer
David Rubinson   Producer,Engineer
Pablo Tellez   Arranger
Jeremy Zatkin   Engineer
Abel Zarate   Arranger
Chris Whorf   Art Direction
Jesus Jelguera   Contributor,Cover Credits

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Malo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Malo's first album(wow!!)what a debut, but be warned!30years ago i first bought this album, which swepted into my life, torn me apart and haunted the paradise of my mind since. The drums on Nena, the haunting trumpets on Pana, the sweeping, weaving guitar work in Suavecito and just say goodbye will never let you go. Whilst, peace and cafe are pure hard latin-rock. The then, 30 years later must rate as a real masterpiece
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are latin...you will love it...if you are not latin ...just listen and you will be.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first got the Malo album in vinyl back in 1972 I was blown away. We were all listening to Santana and here came another Latin rock band that was great, and not just a Santana clone. With Malo we got a mix of Latin, rock, jazz & fusion. Unfortunately, Malo did not live up to the promise of the first album, and with personnel changes became more of a Latin pop dance band. I just got a copy of this first album on CD, and it's as fresh today as it was back in 1972. It's a must have!