|Genres:||Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal|
|Tags:||lounge exotica space age pop easy listening latin jazz mexico bossa nova|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s|
Juan Garcia Esquivel, 20 January 1918, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, d. 3 January 2002, Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico. Although he was a huge inspiration for the revival of lounge or easy listening music in the 90s, Esquivel in fact began recording his heavily orchestrated pop muzak four decades earlier. Although none of his recordings from this period charted, he was widely recognized as an influence on Californian music of the time with his swinging pop arrangements. Indeed, in the 70s Steely Dan acknowledged Esquivel as the reason they introduced marimba, vibes and percussion into the recording of Pretzel Logic.
Esquivels intention was to realize the possibilities allowed by the development of stereo technology, and his records were thus infused with all manner of diverting intrusions, such as whistling and pinball percussion, that adorned big band Latin pop. He had been brought to America in 1957 by the RCA...