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25 Mar 2017

Alfonso Noel Lovo "“Terremoto Richter 6:25 Managua” 1973 Nicaragua Psych Rock Prog Latin Jazz










Alfonso Noel Lovo  "“Terremoto Richter 6:25 Managua” 1973 Nicaragua Psych Rock Prog Latin Jazz
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Alfonso Noel Lovo is a musician, that appeared at Nicaraguan scene in early 70s, other than that we got this nice album. No info, no coverart around. This album is a variety and good mix of several genres funk to jazz; magic mushrooms to nicaraguan blues. A hidden treasure for eclectic tastes. ……

The first reissue of this obscure gem from 1973. Moved by the terrible earthquake that devastated Managua on 23 December 1972, Nicaraguan musician (and son of a politician) Alfonso Noel Lovo recorded his first album in New Orleans the following year. Accompanied by local players and musicians from Nicaragua, Colombia and Panama, Lovo laid down an astounding mix of psychedelic rock, mazurka, jazz, Louisiana blues and African folk. Released in a sleeve that features facsimile artwork, the LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl…..

Pearl coming from Nicaragua! The musician, songwriter and producer Alfonso Noel Lovo is an important rock name in the country, releasing two albums in the 70’s, the second in partnership with Chepito Areas. It is also known for organizing a benefit concert of Santana in the country in 1973. From 80s Alfonso released some CDs and worked as a producer in the USA. 
The debut from 1973, “Terremoto Richter 6:25 Managua”. It consists of 10 short tracks, mostly with 1 or 2 minutes and totaling less than half an hour. The sound is quite eclectic, with different influences, each expressed in a song; psychedelia, Latin rhythms, blues, jazz and even bossa nova meet in traveler atmosphere at various times, especially in “Apocalipsis”, “The Magic Mushroom World” and “In the Woods of Moon”. The instrumental brings electric guitar, guitars, percussion and flute, with Spanish lyrics. Another recommended gem for fans of Latin jazz and psychedelic rock……………

As a child, only 5 years old, Alfonso Noel Lovo, saw an 48 bass red HONNER accordion in the window of Libreria Lehman, in San Jose, Costa Rica, while on Christmas shopping, and he asked his father, to buy it. They went inside, and the salesman showed him the notes of Silent Night. Another salesman suggested to sell a smaller size accordion for children, but Lovo, wanted the one in the window. A couple of days later, on Christmas day,it mysteriously appeared under the Christmas tree. And he surprised his parents, by playing the notes of Silent Night, that the salesman had showed him, only two days before. 

Professor Julio Max Blanco, started trying to teach him music theory, back in his native Nicaragua, in January, 1957. Lovo learned to play songs before he could read the notes. And Professor Blanco, said ‘He can play by ear alone, I give up’ , and Lovo started playing accordion at the Colegio Calazanz, grammar school, at church functions. He learned to play harmonica, with Father Caudelli, with the Cub Scouts, an instrument he still plays, in blues style. 

At school he also sang at the Calasanz Choir, later at the Colegio Centroamerica, boarding school in Granada, Nicaragua, with the Jesuits, he self taught Hammond B2 organ, and Piano, during long punishment hours in solitary confinement at the music room, since Lovo had become rebellious, and hard to manage. There he created his first Piano composition: 'In the Woods of the Moon’, that is recorded in his first 'Terremoto’ album later in New Orleans, at Knight Recording Studios. 

The accordion was left alone when he picked up the guitar, that he learned from his home gardener, and guitar player, Adan 'Bienvenido’ Jaime, then called the Nicaraguan Elvis, who showed him how to play Elvis Presley songs, Nicaraguan and Mexican rock ballads, popular in the early 60’s. He got his first guitar from his uncle 'Chalito’, in his native town of Leon,and he learned songs from Enrique Guzman, and The Teen Tops, and from Polidecto Correa, and Los Polimusic, one of the first Nicaraguan Rock Bands. This band featured as drummer, Jose 'Chepito’ Areas, future founding member of the Santana Band, famous for opening the Woodstock Rock Festival. 

Lovo met Chepito Areas playing in the Half Time of a high school basket ball game, and it was to be a life-long musical friendship. 

He started playing in a rock band, with Ricardo Palma, and Adan Torres, as co-founders of Los Rockets in 1963 and then co-founded Los Juniors, with Emilio Ortega, in 1965. Both Palma and Ortega, were the top lead guitar players of the Nicaragua rock movement in the 60’s. He also played with Edmundo Guerrero, a local guitar master of the Bossa Nova Brazilian jazz style. 

Lovo was hijacked on a LANICA airline flight out of Miami, where he almost lost his left hand due to bullet wounds. Lovo survived and later regained the use of his hand. 

In Managua, he produced the first Rock Concert, Concierto Idolo, at the Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, in 1972, with an all star band, the members of the best known rock and jazz groups, in Nicaragua. The photo taken at the opening act, playing Mazurka in guitar, appears, as front cover of his album La Gigantona, widely acclaimed, in the tropical jazz category, in Billboard, on November 2012. 

He is one of the original exponents of Nicaraguan Latin Rock. He recorded an album, Terremoto Richter 6.3 in 1973, in New Orleans, while going to school at L.S.U., Baton Rouge, LA. It is a fusion of Nicaraguan-style classic Spanish guitar with New Orleans Jazz and Gospel. His main instrument is guitar, but also plays bass, and keyboards, as well as harmonica. 

He collaborated in his home town with Chepito Areas, the original percussionist with Santana Band. This connected him with that band. Together they produced the Managua Earthquake Relief concert featuring Mario Moreno AKA 'Cantinflas’ in October 1972. 

After the Nicaraguan Revolution, Lovo moved to the USA. In New Orleans, he got deeper into the blues guitar, influenced by New Orleans musicians and Louisiana blues-men. 

In Miami, in the late 80’s he recorded the song Freedom Fighters with his band “Wolf and The Pack”. This song, is a mixture of rock and politics, earned him an invitation to perform at the White House. 

The Miami Herald front-paged the band, then known as Alfonso Lobo and Wolf and The Pack, which led to TV interviews with CBS, NBC, ABC and Univision. The Miami PBS Channel 17, WDNA, dedicated a documentary program directed by Don Webb, to a Lovo interview and featured clips from the network coverage. In Patrick Carr’s book Sunshine States, the author titled chapter 7 'The King of Contra Rock’ and dedicated it to Lovo. 

Lovo released La Gigantona, privately, in 2010, featuring acid Latin jazz music, with an all-star Nicaraguan band, including percussion by Areas. 

The Chicago-based record label The Numero Group released Lovo’s La Gigantona album to the public, in the fall of 2012. The reissue was sourced from a rare acetate and includes extensive liner notes on Alfonso Lovo, including historical photos of his musical background. 

Since its re-release, La Gigantona has been a success and Lovo has been the subject of many reviews and interviews worldwide, including praises from BBC music critic Gilles Peterson radio personality in London, Relix Magazine, Dusted Magazine, Radio Nacional de Colombia, and many more international stations, and several TV shows. La Gigantona has become a well known name, and in November 14 , it reached # 4 in Billboard, Tropical music category. A new version of Wolf and The Pack has been formed in Miami, with Latin jazz players, and new performances have been seen up to the end of 2012, of La Gigantona, considered a dormant hit record, that has been awakened by Numero Group, the reissue label from Chicago. 

On June 14, 2014, Lovo was invited to perform at the Rio Loco Festival, in Toulouse, and drew 28,000 fans, performing a updated version of his La Gigantona, his well known album, with Jose 'Chepito’ Areas of Santana Band fame, and a group of Cuban and Venezuelan musicians, and appeared in the French press, as his style, considered a fusion of psychedelic rock and Latin Jazz, is gaining popularity in Europe, Asia, and also in the USA…………….

Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180g vinyl. First reissue of this obscure gem from 1973. Moved by the terrible earthquake that devastated Managua on 23 December 1972, Nicaraguan Alfonso Noel Lovo recorded his first album in New Orleans the following year. Accompanied by local players and musicians from Nicaragua, Colombia and Panama, Lovo laid down an astounding mix of psychedelic rock, mazurka, jazz, Louisiana blues and African folk……………

Tracklist 
A1 Obertura
A2 Back To Africa
A3 Hijack
A4 The Magic Mushroom World
A5 Mora Limpia
A6 Terremoto
B1 In The Woods Of The Moon
B2 Leonor
B3 Apocalipsis
B4 Managua Nicaragua Blues
B5 Mazurca 

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