Jazz in Mexico

The Legendary 1954 Sessions, Vol. 1

Fresh Sound Records

Reference: FSRCD 375

Bar code: 8427328603751

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. Minueto en La (T.Contreras) 2:13
02. Mambo en Blues (M.Patrón) 2:27
03. Cuerdas Tristes (V.Ruiz Pasos) 2:40
04. Yesterdays (J.Kern) 2:32

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

05. I'm in the Mood for Love (McHugh-Fields) 3:10
06. Rumbola (T.Contreras) 2:41
07. You are a Sweetheart (McHugh-Fields) 3:02
08. Cuando Vuelva a tu Lado (M.Grever) 3:12

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

09. How High the Moon (Lewis-Hamilton) 3:06
10. Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman-Webb-Sampson-Razaf) 3:40
11. You Can Depend on Me (Carpenter-Himes) 3:09

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. Casbah (M.Ruiz Armengol) 4:51
13. Así Fue (J.Sabre Marroquín) 2:45
14. Fascinating Rhythm (Gershwin) 2:28


All tracks recorded in Mexico, 1954


This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

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