A Two-CD Companion Piece to the Upcoming Documentary Film The Last Mambo, Featuring Latin Music Giants Orestes Vilató, John Santos, Jesus Diaz, John Calloway, and Benny VelardeRather than dwelling on the reasons why the San Francisco Bay Area’s longtime role as a creative hothouse for Latin jazz and salsa has been overlooked and undervalued for half a century, trombonist/arranger Wayne Wallace and filmmaker Rita Hargraves decided to let the music speak for itself. Scheduled for release on Wallace’s Patois label on August 13, Salsa De La Bahía is a two-CD companion piece to Hargraves’ celebratory documentary The Last Mambo, which traces the evolution of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene from Cal Tjader, Benny Velarde, and the Escovedo Brothers to present day masters such as John Santos, Jesus Diaz, and Anthony Blea. The Last Mambo DVD will be released on Patois in spring 2014.
More than a historical survey of the singular sounds that have emerged from the Bay Area, the album opens and closes with three thrilling pieces recorded especially for the project by Estrellas De La Bahia, an all-star orchestra encompassing many of the scene’s key players. The package includes extensive liner notes by Jesse “Chuy” Varela, who has incisively chronicled the Bay Area scene for more than three decades as a journalist (JazzTimes, Latin Beat, The San Francisco Chronicle) and DJ and music director for KCSM.
Anthony Blea y Su Charanga
Jesus Dian y su QBA
Edgardo y Su Candela
Estrellas De La Bahia
La Moderna Tradición
Louie Romero y Su Grupo Mazacote
John Santos and the Machete Ensemble
John Santos Sextet
Benny Velarde y Su Super Combo