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La Nueva Banda De Santisteban

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1971 classic from Alfonso Santisteban’s La Nueva Banda De Santisteban. An exotic cocktail of jazz, Brazilian music, flamenco influences and spaghetti-western soundtracks. Right from the start, the title theme represents the Santisteban canon: female “da-ba-das,” his jazz devotion and the fixation with Brazil. “Brincadeira”” directly takes us to the beaches of Ipanema with the unmistakable cadence of bossa nova. “Nuestro ayer” and its guitar à la “Concierto de Aranjuez” marries, almost in an obscene manner, Santisteban’s obsession and his reality: Copacabana and the river Manzanares, caipirinha and the San Francisco cocktail. “Limón y sal” and “Zorongo,” both released on 45, are two bombs that have nothing to envy any of the holy grails of Euro groove that mill around the web. The former is woven by an infectious electric guitar swung by a soulish vibe, the latter by a beat that still sounds new and surprising today. Both are embellished by Trío La La La’s trademark female choruses, led by Merche Valimaña. These tracks were official hymns of the Costa Fleming sound, epicenter of the club culture and ultimate place for encounters — social or of any other type — of early ’70s Madrid.

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  • bopapocalypse

    why aren't there more listeners? this is one of the most amazing records i have ever heard.

    21 May 2012 Reply