Esquivel – Latin-Esque (1961/2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Esquivel – Latin-Esque (1961/2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 30:39 minutes | 534 MB | Genre: World, Latin Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RitmoDisc S.A.

This album has several musical and historical significant aspects, making it Esquivel’s most desirable. First, it is one of only three or so truly great RCA Stereo Action (“The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow”) albums. The music is deliberately scored for channel separation, but there is more to the stereo gimmickry than the arrangements. Not counting layered-track (multi-dubbing) efforts, Latin-Esque was the first album recorded with total stereo separation — two separate orchestras in two separate studios performed, connected by headphones. The results are fairly fantastic. Latin-Esque also is Esquivel’s first stereo album in the Latin-esque style of his great first album, To Love Again. (“Jungle Drums” from that LP is updated here.) The artist’s jaw-dropping masterpiece of zany pop, “Mucho Muchacha,” is a highlight. “Carioca,” “La Paloma,” and several other standards also were well-chosen for this project. This album was essential to the renaissance of Esquivel’s popularity in the 1990s. – Tony Wilds

Juan García Esquivel (January 20, 1918 – January 3, 2002), often known mononymously as Esquivel!, was a Mexican band leader, pianist, and composer for television and films. He is recognized today as one of the foremost exponents of a sophisticated style of largely instrumental music that combines elements of lounge music and jazz with Latin flavors. Esquivel is sometimes called “The King of Space Age Pop” and “The Busby Berkeley of Cocktail Music”, and is considered one of the foremost exponents of a style of late 1950s-early 1960s quirky instrumental pop that became known (in retrospect) as “Space Age Bachelor Pad Music”.

1-1. Esquivel – La Raspa (Remastered) (01:51)
1-2. Esquivel – Adios, Mariquita Linda (Remastered) (03:15)
1-3. Esquivel – Jesusita En Chihuahua (Remastered) (02:22)
1-4. Esquivel – Cachito (Pedacito) (Remastered) (02:24)
1-5. Esquivel – Latin-Esque (Remastered) (03:03)
1-6. Esquivel – La Paloma (Remastered) (02:06)
1-7. Esquivel – Estrellita (Remastered) (02:32)
1-8. Esquivel – Cachita (Oyeme) (Remastered) (02:22)
1-9. Esquivel – Jungle Drums (Canto Karabali) (Remastered) (03:53)
1-10. Esquivel – Mucha Muchacha (Remastered) (02:18)
1-11. Esquivel – You Belong to My Heart (Remastered) (02:43)
1-12. Esquivel – Carioca (Remastered) (01:44)


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