|Studio album by Clare Fischer|
|Released||1979 – German release 
1980 – US release
|Recorded||May 16, 17, 1979
at Capitol Records Recording Studios 
MPS 15 554 ST
|Clare Fischer chronology|
|The Los Angeles Times|||
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.
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.
All selections composed by Clare Fischer except where noted.
- "African Flutes – 8:08
- "Gaviota" – 6:14
- "Suddenly" – 5:18
- "Clavo" – 3:13
- "Machaca" - 9:39
- "Cositas" (David Troncoso) – 3:25
- "Novios" – 2:40
- "Gentle Breeze" – 6:45
- 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
- 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.