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Azteca

Azteca was a big Latin rock-band founded by percussionist Coke Escovedo (Apr 30, 1941 – July 13, 1986), formerly of Santana, in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA in early 1972. Escovedo earned his brother, vocalist/percussionist Pete Escovedo, and another percussionist Victor Pantoja; performers Errol Knowles, Wendy Haas, and Rico Reyes; horn players Bob Ferreira (saxophone), Tom Harrell (trumpet, flugelhorn), Mel Martin (saxophone, flute), and Jules Rowell (trombone); keyboardists George DiQuatro, George Maribus, and Turn Nunez; guitarist Jim Vincent; bass participant Paul Jackson; and drummer Lenny Light. (Guitarist Neal Schon, another previous person in Santana, sat in on electric guitar, bringing the full total lineup to 17 music artists.) The music group agreed upon to Columbia Information and released its self-titled debut record in Dec 1972; it spent nine weeks in the low reaches from the graphs beginning in January 1973. Azteca documented a second record, Pyramid of the Moon, for discharge in nov 1973. By enough time it made an appearance, Bill Courtial acquired changed Vincent on electric guitar; Pat O’Hara acquired changed Rowell on trombone; and John Brinck acquired replaced Light on drums. The record didn’t reach the graphs, and personnel adjustments continuing, with Coke Escovedo departing the group, and Columbia canceled its documenting contract. Azteca continuing to perform throughout the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Bay Region until disbanding in 1976, with Pete Escovedo’s teenage little girl Sheila Escovedo (afterwards referred to as Sheila E.) changing Pantoja toward the finish. Filmmaker Daniel E. Meza started trying to place Azteca back jointly in the middle-2000s, eventually being successful in assembling a edition of the music group that included Pete Escovedo, Courtial, Haas, Jackson, Knowles, Pantoja, Rowell, and Light, alongside trumpeter Mario Gonzalez, key pad participant Murray Low, flute and saxophone participant Melecio Magdaluyo, and piccolo and saxophone participant Alex Murzyn. This 12-piece device performed a concert at the main element Membership in Hollywood, CA, on Sept 15, 2007, that Meza filmed and documented for the Dvd and blu-ray documentary Azteca: La Piedra del Sol as well as the live recording From your Ruins, both released by Inakustik on January 20, 2009.

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