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Album Review

After a long recording hiatus, East L.A.'s El Chicano resurfaces as poignant and enriching as ever. Did they ever leave? You'd think not as they tease and titillate, pulling an assortment of emotional strings on these 11 Latin/Tex-Mex etchings, including "Song for My Father" (shades of Santana's "Black Magic Woman"), "Sketches (Of a Cultural Bridge)," and "Cosa Mia"; Cleto Escobedo's alto sax charms like the Pied Piper throughout, but is especially sinewy on the title cut, and "Jive Sambo" will have you bumping on Sunset and reminiscing about Wes Montgomery. A well-received set wherever it received airplay and one of the better smooth jazz efforts of the late '90s.

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Painting The Moment

El Chicano, still my kind of music, since I first heard them live at the Pasta House, if I remember right. Quite a few years ago. BB

Biography

Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Latin Alternative & Rock

Years Active: '70s, '90s

Over the years, El Chicano has often been compared to Santana and, to be sure, there are a lot of parallels. Both are from California (although different parts of the state), both are led by Mexican-Americans, both have recorded in English as well as in Spanish, and both have favored a very eclectic and unpredictable mixture of rock, soul, funk, jazz, blues, and Afro-Cuban salsa. Further, there is no getting around the fact that El Chicano (whose Spanish name means "the Chicano" or "the Mexican-American")...
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