Azuquita Y Su Orquesta Melao
Azuquita Y Su Orquesta Melao
I had the pleasure of working with two first-rate Panamanians on this recording, arranger/musician extraordinaire, the late Mauricio Smith, and the wonderful vocalist/composer/leader, Camilo Azuquita.
I ran into Azuquita at Virginia’s, an Los Angeles night club where he performed with his orchestra. He told me about some compositions he wanted to record and he handed me an audio cassette containing a dozen of his compositions. In New York I studied the tape with Mauricio where we decided on the songs. Mauricio immediately went to work on the arrangements.
We recorded the music tracks in New York laid down Azuquita’s vocal track, at A & M studios in Los Angeles. I was able to do the final re-mixing of the album in New York and upon completion, I presented it to Fania President, Jerry Masucci, who had told me beforehand that he had more recording artists than he could handle. Jerry graciously listened to the album, loved it, and scheduled it for immediate release.
Written by Bobby Marin
Tuve el placer de trabajar con dos panameños de primera en esta grabación, el extraordinario arreglador/músico, el fallecido Mauricio Smith y el maravilloso vocalista/compositor/líder, Camilo Azuquita.
Me encontré con Azuquita en el Virginia’s, un club nocturno de Los Angeles, donde él tocaba con su orquesta. Me habló sobre algunas composiciones que deseaba grabar y me entregó una cinta de audio, que tenía una docena de sus composiciones. En Nueva York, estudié la cinta con Mauricio y decidimos sobre los temas. Mauricio inmediatamente fue a trabajar en los arreglos.
Grabamos las pistas de música en New York y pusimos las pistas vocales de Azuquita en los estudios A & M en Los Ángeles. Pude hacer la mezcla final del álbum en New York y al completarlo, lo presenté al presidente de Fania, Jerry Masucci, quien me había dicho de antemano que tenía más artistas para grabar de los que podía manejar. Jerry gentilmente escuchó el álbum, le encantó y lo programó para su lanzamiento inmediato al mercado.
Escrito por Bobby Marín
Fania is pleased to announce the release of HAMMOCK HOUSE: SANTIAGO SESSIONS on August 25, the newest installment in their highly-regarded “Hammock House” remix series, produced and mixed by internationally renowned LA-based producer and DJ, Jose Marquez. The iconic entertainment brand, which has evolved from a legendary NYC-based music label to an innovative and digitally-driven global music, entertainment and lifestyle company, is known worldwide for their work with influential DJs, and one of the best examples is their highly-regarded ‘Hammock House’ series.
Stemming from an idea that originated at the Manana Festival in Santiago de Cuba two years ago, Marquez fuses his love for dynamic Afro-Cuban and Caribbean flavors on SANTIAGO SESSIONS with classic Fania tracks from icons such as Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Standout tracks include “Aguanile,” the iconic song from Fania legends Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe which first appeared on the album El Juicio in 1972, for which Marquez enlisted noted musicians Bobby Wilmore and Lazaro Galarraga, who specialize in Afro-Cuban percussion, to perform on congas and bata drums. Another showstopper on the release is “Herencia Africana,” which was composed by Javier Vazquez and recorded by the legendary Celia Cruz and Sonora Matancera on the album Feliz Encuentro, released in 1982. In the song, Cruz talks about her African Heritage/influence, so Marquez brought in US-based musicians originally from Mali to perform and emphasize the African elements of the song, using a djembe instead of congas and a Balafon which is a traditional African version of a marimba/xylophone.
Fania launched the groundbreaking ‘Hammock House’ series in 2011 with the release of its first acclaimed compilation from the celebrated producer/DJ Joe Claussell entitled ‘Hammock House Africa Caribe.’ With each thematic installment, Fania has teamed up with innovative DJ/producers such as Louie Vega, Toy Selectah and The Whiskey Barons, providing them with access to Fania's treasure vaults and the original multitrack master tapes from recordings by classic artists to create fresh takes on Fania’s musical legacy to introduce to new generations of fans.
1. Celia Cruz - Un Bembe Pa Yemaya (Jose Marquez Remix)
Congas: Bobby Wilmore, Lazaro Galarraga
Bata Drums: Bobby Wilmore, Lazaro Galarraga
2. Ray Barretto - Indestructible (Jose Marquez Remix)
Piano: Claudio Passavanti
Bass: Claudio Passavanti
Congas: Ismel Wignall
Saxophone: Elias Perez
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