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Album Review

Esquivel's output is pretty diverse, yet it's hard to rate one compilation against another. They're of such a similar qualitative standard that none can be singled out as definitive, or even recommended above the others. Cabaret Mañana is as good as any a place to start (and no worse or better than the compilations on Bar/None). The 20 tracks are drawn from RCA releases spanning 1958 to 1967, including both original compositions and oddball versions of standards like "Harlem Nocturne," "Night and Day," "Malaguena," and "Take the 'A' Train." Whether this rings your chimes or not, it's certainly different, unpredictable, and full of idiosyncratic touches like whistlers, berserk organ solos, choruses of "zu-zu" vocals, Bugs Bunny cartoon slide guitar, and sassy horn sections that blow with an energy more savage than anything else you'll hear on "easy" listening recordings.

Biography

Born: 20 January 1918 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

In the mid-'90s, Juan Garcia Esquivel enjoyed one of the most unexpected resurgences of popularity — and hipness — in the annals of 20th-century pop. The composer and arranger skirted the lines between lounge music, eccentric experimentalism, and stereo sound pioneer in the late '50s and early '60s on a series of albums aimed at the easy listening market. Both cheesy and goofily unpredictable, these records were forgotten by all but thrift-store habitues for decades. With the space age...
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