Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Santa Y Su Gente "Urgente" 1974 Chile Latin Afro-Jazz Rock Fusion


Santa Y Su Gente  "Urgente" 1974 very rare  & excellent Chile  Latin Afro-Jazz Rock Fusion
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In the 1970’s in Chile, recording anything was complicated. The state-owned IRT label was administered by the military. Domestic releases gave way to an invasion of foreign music. At most, a Chilean group like Santa y su Gente (Santa and his People) could hope for one appearance on television, or a very low-key event—this was the reality of the music world after the coup. Few groups had the good fortune to overcome the prevailing censorship: this was the case with Santa y su Gente (Santa and his People). Santiago Salas was a percussionist stepped in jazz. It was he who assembled a band with musicians of the caliber of Lautaro Rosas and Mario Lecaros. The latter was a powerful musician, who would appear in other jazz fusion projects in those difficult years, and then leave Chile together to do an impressive job abroad with his group Comet. The one and only album by Santa y su Gente, “Urgente,” was released by RCA/IRT/Alba in 1974. This album is very rare, and therefore not well known, apart from the collections of a few dj’s. But it contains all you can ask for—a burbling brew of Latin Afro-jazz fusion, half salsa and half Afro, with something powerful to say and beats galore. Highly recommended! Comes with a bi-lingual insert which explores the story of Santa y su Gente in the context of the rich Chilean rock music scene….~


That’s not Santa, as in Santa Claus – but a nickname for Santiago Salas, who works here in a very cool, jazzy mode! The album’s got plenty of Latin roots, mixed with hipper 70s touches that include some key electric elements as well – all served up in a sparkling groove that’s mighty unique, and which makes the record a real standout on the South American scene of the time! Some tunes are quite funky, with great electric piano lines over the rhythms – while others have more of a warmly glowing groove, one that seems to borrow a bit from Brazilian jazz of the time – yet make things into a style that’s all its own. Some of these numbers have a bit of vocals, but the instrumental interplay of the album is much stronger overall – especially the Fender Rhodes lines that make the album well worth owning for any fan of 70s electric funk! ….~


Limited vinyl LP repressing of this rare 1974 album. In the 1970’s in Chile, recording anything was complicated. The state-owned IRT label was administered by the military. Domestic releases gave way to an invasion of foreign music. Few groups had the good fortune to overcome the prevailing censorship: this was the case with Santa Y Su Gente (Santa And His People). Santiago Salas was a percussionist stepped in jazz. It was he who assembled a band with musicians of the caliber of Lautaro Rosas and Mario Lecaros. The latter was a powerful musician, who would appear in other jazz fusion projects in those difficult years, and then leave Chile together to do an impressive job abroad with his group Comet. The one and only album by Santa Y Su Gente, URGENTE, was released by RCA/IRT/Alba in 1974. This album is very rare, and therefore not well known apart from the collections of a few DJs. But it contains all you can ask for-a scintillating brew of Latin Afro-jazz fusion, with something powerful to say and beats galore. Highly recommended! Comes with a bi-lingual insert which explores the story of Santa Y Su Gente in the context of the rich Chilean rock music scene. Urgente …~


Credits 
Bass – J. Carlos Mendoza* 
Congas – Santiago Salas 
Drums – Kruppa Quinteros* 
Electric Piano – Mario Lecaros 
Guitar – Lautaro Rosas 
Percussion – Orlando Avendaño 


Tracklist 
A1 La Muñeca
A2 Murumba
A3 Los Amantes Del Sol
A4 El Salero
A5 Colores
A6 Niebla
B1 Pájaros En El Jardín
B2 Barco Camaronero
B3 Triángulo Español
B4 Soñando
B5 Una Nueva Vida 

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