One of the more unusual reunions of a 1970’s music act happened on September 15th 2007 at the Hollywood Key Club – legendary Latin Rock Fusion act Azteca appeared for the first time in more than 30 years. Created and arranged by documentary producer Daniel E. Mesa, the concert reunited original members Pete Escovedo, vocalists Wendy Haas and Errol Knowles, bassist Paul Jackson, guitarist Bill Courtial, percussionist Victor Pantoja, trombonist Jules Rowell and former Miles Davis and Chick Corea drummer Lenny White.
Azteca was a short-lived Latin Jazz Fusion supergroup that did two records for Columbia in the early 1970’s. Founded by the late Coke Escovedo and Pete Escovedo after their departure from Latin rock superband Santana, Azteca was the first band to employ a large ensemble of horns, woodwinds, keyboards, Latin percussion, and other instruments (up to 25 members in live performance) to create a hybrid of latin, jazz and fusion music featuring high-level accomplished musicians from various musical backgrounds.
Inakustik will be releasing a CD and DVD of the live performance on January 20, 2009
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Author: World Music Central News Department
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