Machaca (album)

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Machaca
Studio album by Clare Fischer
Released 1979 – German release [1]
1980 – US release
Recorded May 16, 17, 1979
at Capitol Records Recording Studios [2]
Genre Latin jazz
Length 45:22 [2]
Label MPS
MPS 15 554 ST
Trend/Discovery
DS-835
Producer Clare Fischer
Clare Fischer chronology
Clare Fischer & Salsa Picante Present "2 + 2"
(1980)
Machaca
(1981)
Head, Heart and Hands
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Los Angeles Times 3.5/5 stars[3]

Machaca is an album by American composer-arranger/keyboadist Clare Fischer, the second to feature his Latin jazz combo, Salsa Picante.[a] Recorded on May 16 and 17, 1979, it was released in 1980 on the German label, MPS, and in the U.S. the following year on the Discovery label.

Reception[edit]

Los Angeles Times jazz critic Leonard Feather awarded the album 3 and a half stars, citing the blend of "light rock, Brazilian and miscellaneous Latin," and further noting that:

The leader's organ and other keyboard work and Rick Zunigar's guitar have some striking moments, and a team of percussionists stir up a storm, though the rhythmic excesses become tiresome on the title number. "Novios" is charming, with a suave beat and Gary Foster on flute. "African Flutes" makes intriguing use of two bass recorders, played by Fischer and Foster.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All selections composed by Clare Fischer except where noted.

Side One

  1. "African Flutes – 8:08
  2. "Gaviota" – 6:14
  3. "Suddenly" – 5:18
  4. "Clavo" – 3:13

Side Two

  1. "Machaca" - 9:39
  2. "Cositas" (David Troncoso) – 3:25
  3. "Novios" – 2:40
  4. "Gentle Breeze" – 6:45

Personnel[edit]

  • Clare Fischer – e-piano, Yamaha EX-42 organ
  • Rick Zunigar – guitar
  • David Troncoso – el. bass
  • Gary Foster – flute, soprano sax, bass recorder
  • Aaron Ballesteros – drums
  • Alex Acuña – tambora, drums, timbales, percussion, bongos
  • Poncho Sanchez – conga, bongos, campana
  • Hector "Buckey" Andrade – percussion, campana (bell), quinto, bongos, timbales

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although this was indeed the second Salsa Picante album made by Fischer, recorded almost a year and a half before the LP that introduced his supplementary vocal unit 2 + 2 (Foreign Exchange – The First Album in its German release and Clare Fischer & Salsa Picante Present "2 + 2" in the U.S.), it was the latter disc that preceded Machaca in their respective U.S. releases.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Machaca (Musical LP, 1980)". Worldcat. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  2. ^ a b "Machaca (Musical LP, 1981)". Worldcat. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  3. ^ a b Feather, Leonard. "Jazz Albums". The Los Angeles Times. July 26, 1981. Retrieved 2013-04-16.