Sunday, September 19, 2010

Nil's Jazz Ensemble (S/T) (1976)

"Reflexiones" excerpt

"Summer Love" excerpt

"Black Angel" excerpt

Fantastic latin-jazz-funk album recorded in Lima, Peru in 1976, starring leader/saxaphonist/flautist Nilo Espinosa, formerly of Bossa 70, and also featuring keyboardist Miguel "Chino" Figueroa, a member of renowned latin-funk band Black Sugar.

A killer set from start to finish, starting off with the classic jazz-funker 'Reflexiones', and featuring giant covers of "Black Angel" (a Freddie Hubbard tune penned by Kenny Barron); John Handy's funk tune "Hard Work", and the Blackbyrd's track "Summer Love" (written by Allan Barnes).

The vinyl of this goes for way-too-big bucks, and the CD reissue has been deleted, so I've put the album together by combining relevant parts of an Espinosa CD compilation with a tracked-down missing track "Siempre" - so you can all hear the whole wonderful thing in either WAV or 320 mp3 (apart from 'Siempre', which is at 212kbps) - so check the comments for links and say hi .


01. Reflexiones (Figueroa)
02. Looking for a Blues
03. Summer Love (Allan Curtis Barnes)
04. Black Angel (Kenny Barron)
05. Siempre
06. Somos Nada
07. Hard Work (John Handy)


Nilo Espinosa: Saxophone [Tenor, Alto, Soprano], Flute
Pancho Saenz: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Miguel "Chino" Figueroa: Electric piano, Clavinet, Mellotron
Richie Zellon: Electric Guitar
Oscar Stagnaro: Electric Bass
Ramon Stagnaro: Electric Guitar
Andres Silva: Drums
Jorge Montero: Guitar

Mauro Silva : Congas
Ary Quispe : trombone


Recorded in Lima, Peru 1976.
MAG Records N. 2535