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Main » 2007 » July » 13 » Malo (3 Albums)
Malo (3 Albums)
We have posted the first Malo album here.

Here is the next 3 albums of a group which mix Latin Rock, Funk and Soul.

In 1970 the Malibus changed their name to Malo and things started happening with a guitarist was brought in by the name of Jorge Santana, the brother of the already famous Carlos Santana. At times numbering as many as ten or more musicians, Malo's powerful sound was different to that of Santan
a in that the line-up included a serious horn section, which included, at various times, leading trumpet player Luis Gasca, as well as percussionists Coke Escovedo, Francisco Aguabella, Victor Pantoja and Richard Bean (of Sapo fame).They were signed to Warner Brothers Records and recorded their first album, which
was simply entitled "Malo" (BS-2584). Arcelio co-wrote four of the six songs, including their classics "Nena" and "Cafe." Released in 1972, "Malo" also included "Suavecito," their biggest hit.

Dos 1972

1 Momotombo 5:06
2 Oye Mamá 6:03

3 I'm for Real 6:39

4 Midnight Thoughts 3:58

5 Helá 5:06

6 Latin Bugaloo 9:31
I'm for Real (45 version)
Oye Mamá (45 version)
Latin Bugaloo (45 version)

A seminal bit of Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the early 70s the second album from Malo, and an even harder hitting jam session than the first! The group are really in top form here taking off with Santana-inspired riffs that are filled with heavy percussion, soaring organ, and guitar from Carlos' brother Jorge all matched by some incredible horn work from trumpeter Forrest Bachtel and a young Hadley Caliman sounding especially great here before his solo years as a jazz artist! The legendary Francisco Aguabella is on conga, and tracks include "Momolombo", "Oye Mama", "I'm For Real", "Midnight Thoughts", "Hela", and "Latin Bugaloo

Evolution 1973

1 Moving Away 7:17
2 I Don't Know 6:04

3 Merengue 7:03

4 All for You 4:04

5 Dance to My Mambo 4:40

6 Entrance to Paradise 5:09

7 Street Man 5:05
I Don't Know (45 version)
Merengue (45 version)

Malo may be evolving a bit, but they're still right in the pocket as far as we're concerned! This excellent west coast Latin ensemble mixes together jazz, funk, soul, and slight touches of Chicano rock -- into a heavy groove that was one of the best-conceived at the time. Jorge Santana lays down lots of heavy guitar licks, Francisco Aguabella's on percussion and congas, and Ron DeMasi plays plenty of hot lines on the Hammond organ and electric piano. Titles include "Moving Away", "I Don't Know", "Merengue", "Street Man", and "Entrance To Paradise".

Ascension 1974

1 Offerings 05:40
2 A la Escuela 03:15

3 Everlasting Night 04:10

4 Latin Woman 04:05

5 Chévere 03:58

6 Love Will Survive 03:47

7 Think About Love 03:26

8 Tiempo de Recordar 03:17

9 Close to Me 02:40

10 No Matter 06:55

This one's a bit tighter than some of the group's earlier albums -- but still equally funky, and still very nice! Malo are at the top of their form here -- grooving hard with great guitar from Jorge Santana, tight congas from Francisco Aquabella, sweet organ from Ron De Masi, and great vocals by the whole group -- all wrapped up with a warm sound that's totally great. The best cuts have that choppy Chicano funk sound that was the West Coast's best contribution to Latin music during the 70s -- and many numbers have strong jazzy elements on the solos. Titles include "Tiempo De Recordar", "Chevere", "A La Escuela", "Offerings", and "Latin Woman

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