3 October 2008
CESAR - CESAR 830
Cesar Ascarrunz for Flying Dutchman from 1975.
Produced,Arranged,Conductor - Teo Macero; Bass - Harold Martin , Thomas Rutley Bongos, Bells - Willis Colon Congas - Francisco Aquabella Drums - Tony Smith Flute - Hadley Caliman Guitar - Jim Vincent , Joe Jammer , Stephen Busfield Piano - Cesar Ascarrunz ,Mark Levine , Merl Saunders Saxophone [Alto] - Martin Fierr Saxophone [Soprano] - Steve Marcus Saxophone [Tenor] - Hadley Caliman , Martin Fierro Timbales - Benny Velarde Trombone - Jules Rowell Trumpet - Joseph Ellis, Jr. Vocals - Benny Velarde , Francisco Aquabella , Linda Tillery , Tony Smith , Willie Colon
And here's another post inspired by yet another discography blog - this time it's my old boozing partner Reza who has turned the spotlight on the mighty Flying Dutchman label.Marvellous stuff!!!
An excellent lost Latin Funk album from the early 70s west coast scene featuring a group led by Latin pianist and promoter Cesar Ascarrunz and including some of the greatest Latin and jazz players from the San Francisco scene at the time! Big names on the session include Francisco Aquabella, Benny Velarde, Steve Marcus, Hadley Caliman, and even Merl Saunders all coming together in a really hard-hitting Latin funk jam session that never lets up for a minute! The music is a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks grooving with a sound that's very much in the mode of the bigger early 70s Latin groups from LA and SF but with a freer-thinking sound, and a much more jazz-funk approach.
And here's a write up from Cesar's site:
CESAR 830 is a rare recording that highlights the exceptional musical ensemble that pianist-bandleader Cesar Ascarrunz led during his years as a San Francisco nightclub entrepreneur. With his Cesar's Latin All Stars, the house band at his venues Cesar's on Green Street and Cesar's Latin Palace in the Mission District, he forged this 1975 collaborative effort with Bob Thiele of Flying Dutchman Records and legendary jazz producer Teo Macero, who did Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" and Dave Brubeck's "Take Five." CESAR 830 came out at the tail end of the Bay Area Latin rock boom almost 30 years ago and is an exceptional blend of Latino jazz rock fusion. It featured great musicians who together made an album that was ahead of its time. In the long run this album stands as a testament to Cesar Ascarrunz, the self-taught pianist and personality who arrived here as an immigrant from Bolivia and worked his way up to running for SF Mayor numerous times. As you listen to these jams recorded almost 30 years ago you will hear a music stretching out and representing a spirit of experimentation and creativity born out of flower power. You don't have to pull out the bell bottoms, beads and grow your hair long to fully enjoy this album; just turn it up and let the music take you away!