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!!!

Dusty Groove:
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!

30 comments:

bacoso said...

vinyl rip:
http://rapidshare.com/files/150626198/Cesar_Ascarrunz.rar

Reza said...

so kind geuss its my round then ...

bacoso said...

yeaaaa-get 'em in!
5 jugs of sangria and a gallon of san miguel-I'm still in holiday mode!

Reza said...

I'll get your usual, half a bitter top

bacoso said...

fuck it my secret's out-exposed as a light weight!

Solomon said...

Thank you!

valdez said...

great, have only two tracks...

Munju said...

Thank you for your great work!

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bacoso said...

valdez-try d/loading it again.File contains 8 trax which works perfectly

johnv said...

This looks mighty sweet--thanks Bacoso.

Simon666 said...

fantastic bacoso, been staring ruefully at some dead links for this for at least a year - you deserve to have your beer spiked with something much stronger for this ..

Art Simon said...

Wow, it's a small world. I use to live in a loft down the street from Cesar's Latin Palace. Cesar came over one day, a strange guy. Nice to hear another side to him.

Gianni said...

hi bacoso,
this lp is absolutely a GEM.
there are a lot of fantastic tracks.
saturday is gonna be a great day...
thank you

Mwandishi said...

great job, as usual.

mr.gone said...

Thanks. A friend of mine discovered a copy of this is Malmö, Sweden a few years bag, so happy to see it pop up again.

Simon.

winton tostello said...

grazie grazie!it was high time you hit the latin road again!!

alex said...

thats another must have now gotten!
been after this for a while(years)!
many thanks m8!
really appreciated!

fritz the cat said...

Very nice album, thank you very much.

All for the CTI said...

wow!

somogyvari said...

hehe fuzz guitars and everything. cool...

djangophile said...

cheers mate!

Kevin said...

Love it! Nice to see some more albums featuring Merl Saunders showing up.

a mind with no ceiling said...

Thanks thanks thanks

Mark said...

I used to have a copy of this excellent, excellent record on audio cassette as an adolescent, but due to my own stupidity, it became ruined and I've searched in vain to obtain another copy -- until now.

Many thanks for sharing this classic with us.

Dusan said...

once again....the hitter!
thx man.
cheers!

senor pocopico said...

And I thought I knew a lot about latin funk! Ha! Completely out of the blue, an exeptional album! Already on my playlist on the bar where I'm Djing. I am after the Lp, a very nice reissue. Greetings from Athens Greece!

Apani said...

Thank you for this treat!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you very much. A long hunt comes to an end

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