Genres: Latin
Tags: latin rock 70s soul rock fusion funk latin american soul-funk jazz-rock latin fusion Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Percussionists Coke and Pete Escovedo (13 July 1935, Pittsburg, California, USA) formed this expansive unit in San Francisco, USA, upon their departure from Santana in 1972. Taking a cue from the latter group’s Abraxas, Azteca formed a distinctly Latin American sound that helped them become a popular live attraction. A four-piece horn section emphasized the group’s rhythmic style, but their strength in concert did not transfer to the recording studio. Azteca broke up in 1974, following which Pete Escovedo formed a duo with his daughter Sheila E. Three albums followed before he rejoined Santana. Sheila E. later found fame with Prince.

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