Jazz in Mexico

The Legendary 1954 Sessions, Vol. 2

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Trío de Mario Patrón, Cuarteto de César Molina, Cuarteto de Héctor Hallal 'El Arabe', Orquesta de Estrellas

Reference: FSRCD 376

Bar code: 8427328603768

Jazz history began to be written in Mexico on March 5, 1954, the day on which well-known jazz critic Roberto Ayala organized and produced the first recordings of jazz to be recorded in the country by Mexican musicians as pianists Mario Patrón, Pablo Jaime, saxophonists "El Arabe", Tommy Rodríguez, Román López, trumpetist César Molina, bassist Vicor Ruiz Pasos, and drummer Tino Contreras.

From among all these jazz musicians Ayala made a rigorous selection of the most oustanding, the most authentic, to take part in the recording sessions. The result of that ambitious project we can hear on these two CDs (FSRCD 375 and 376). Today, 50 years later, one can see that their freshness has stayed alive, and the passage of time confirms the artistic quality of the young musicians who took part in them.


Tracklisting:

TRIO DE MARIO PATRON
Mario Patrón (p), Victor Ruiz Pasos (b), Tino Contreras (d)

01. Begin the Beguine (C.Porter) 3:28
02. Everything Happens to Me (Dennis-Adair) 2:11
03. Pennies from Heaven (Burke-Johnson) 2:58
04. Jeepers Creepers (Warren-Mercer) 2:25

CUARTETO DE CESAR MOLINA
César Molina (tp), Mario Patrón (p), Victor Ruiz Pasos (b), Tino Contreras (d)

05. Silenciosa (M.Ruiz Armengol) 2:26
06. Contigo en la Distancia (C.Portillo) 2:52
07. Volveré (M.Grever) 2:27
08. Vacilando (L.Alcaraz) 2:09

CUARTETO DE HECTOR HALLAL 'EL ARABE'
Héctor Hallal 'El Arabe" (ts), Pablo Jaimes (p), Victor Ruiz Pasos (b), Tino Contreras (d)

09. All the Things You Are (Kern-Hammerstein) 3:15
10. I Surrender Dear (Barris-Clifford)
11. Don't Blame Me (McHugh-Fields) 2:45

ORQUESTA DE ESTRELLAS
Pepe Solis (French horn), Héctor Hallal 'El Arabe" (ts), Tomás Rodríguez 'La Negrita' (ts), Román López (b), Mario Patrón (p), Victor Ruiz Pasos (b), Tino Contreras (d)

12. Viernes a las Nueve (H.Hallal) 6:11
13. Bésame Mucho (C.Velázquez) 3:17
14. Prisionero del Mar (L.Alcaraz) 3:33

All tracks recorded in Mexico, 1954


This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

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