René Bloch was one one of the most celebrated Latin bandleaders in the early 60s in the Los Angeles scene and with an excellent background for this type of music. An alumnus of the Perez Prado band, he toured the world playing Latin music while deciding how he wanted his own band to sound. Yet this group has a fresh, exciting sound all its own.
Millions more know Rene Bloch's sound than do his name. Bloch played the haunting alto sax lead on the 1945 Johnny Otis hit record of "Harlem Nocturne" that came to exemplify the crime jazz style that Henry Mancini, Pete Rugolo, and many others perfected through their scores to film noirs and private eye TV series. As a soloist, Bloch might have more in common with Earl Bostic than Charlie Parker, but his forceful style allowed him to hold his own in front of powerhouse big bands like Perez Prado's.
Bloch led his own combos at different times...