november 02, 2017

Julius Wechter And The Baja Marimba Band - Greatest Hits (1970) Lp

The Baja Marimba Band was a musical group led by marimba player Julius Wechter. Formed by producer Herb Alpert after his own Tijuana Brass, the Baja Marimba Band outlasted the Tijuana Brass by several years thanks largely in part to TV producer Chuck Barris, who featured the group's music on his game shows in the 1970s.
During his youth, Julius Wechter took up several percussion instruments including the vibes and marimba.
In 1962, the Baja Marimba Band was formed using session men to supplement Wechter. These musicians included, at one time or another, Roy Caton, Pete Jolly, Lew McCreary, Nick Ceroli, Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Leon Russell, and Emil Richards.
The band hit the charts with its first single "Comin' in the Back Door" and recorded a dozen albums for A&M, as well as being Alpert's support act. The main lineup from 1965-1971 was Bernie Fleischer on reeds, Ervan "Bud" Coleman on guitar (replaced upon Coleman's death in 1967 by Charlie Chiarenza), Frank DeCaro on rhythm guitar, Dave Wells on trombone, Lee Katzman on trumpet, Curry Tjader on percussion, Mel Pollan on Fender bass, and Frank DeVito on drums.
Most if not all of the band's musicians were seasoned jazz musicians who performed with such artists as Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Don Ellis, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie.

The group would appear on stage dressed in sombreros and old clothes, with fake mustaches, smoking cigars, and drinking beer, all of which was regarded as stereotypical Mexican behavior. Although this brought criticism from Mexican-American advocacy groups, for most Americans it was acceptable "bad boy" behavior, which was part of their image.
The group appeared in goofy group photos on their album covers, stylishly created by Peter Whorf Graphics, and added a comedic allure.

Side A
A1  Comin’ In The Back Door  - 2:14 
A2  Yours - 2:45 
A3  Along Comes Mary  - 2:15 
A4  Spanish Eyes - 3:00 
A5  Fowl Play  - 2:07 
A6  The Look Of Love - 2:53 

Side B
B1  Georgy Girl - 2:35 
B2  Ghost Riders In The Sky  - 2:49 
B3  Acapulco 1922  - 2:07 
B4  Some Where My Love  - 2:47 
B5  Maria Elena  - 2:56 
B6  Brasilia  - 2:36

Companies, etc.
Release: 1970
Genre: Latin Jazz
Format: LP
Label: A&M Records
Catalog# SP-4248
Prijs: €15,00

Vinyl: Goed
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