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    1LP - MAD ABOUT RECORDS
    2021 09 10


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    TRACKLIST 

    A1 Rencorosa

    A2 Noches De Viaje

    A3 Todo Terminó

    A4 La Novia Hippie

    A5 Alma Latina

    B1 Carga Pesada

    B2 Mi Gitarra

    B3 Rosa Rosita

    B4 Melodía Del Amor Eterno

    B5 El Campeón


    DESCRIPTION

    Legendary Mexican Psych Latin Jazz Funk Reissue for the first time

    LP Deluxe Edition | 2 Page info sheet with Leo Acosta story in English and Spanish by Carlos Tropicaza

    OBI Strip | Standard edition on 180 gram black vinyl


    Leobardo Acosta Quintanar was born in Huetamo, Michoacán in 1925. He was a notable drummer, composer, arranger, and orchestrator.

    In 1970, he recorded a last LP for Capitol with a small combo formed with some of his closest peers. The sound engineer for these sessions, Rogiero Silva, recalls that it happened in the night time. Leo was always very demanding in his studio hours with all of his musicians and that he did not tolerate mistakes or setbacks, but he was fully relaxed and enjoying this one very much. For this last LP, entitled “ACOSTA” but known as "El Leon”, all the compositions are originals, unlike his previous albums where the labels required him to record at least 6 songs that were hits on the popularity charts.

    The genius of this album lies in Leo's ability to synthesise the influence of jazz and funk fusions with Latin rhythms, well dominated by him. The stand out “Rencorosa”, has strong influence of “Evil Ways” by Willie Bobo, via Santana. “Noches de Viaje” is a superb mid tempo funk, one of the best examples of its kind and the funny dialogues in “Carga Pesada“ denote the atmosphere of Leo's nightclub life, drum solo included. “Melodía de Amor Eterno" shows a more spiritual jazz side where the Hammond B3 by Mario Patrón and the Sax tenor by Tomás “La Negrita” Rodriguez take center stage. Unfortunately the album went unnoticed on the radio and sold poorly, despite the fact that two 45rpm records were released as promotional items: Rencorosa / Noches de viaje and Rosa Rosita / Mi Guitarra.

    Mad About Record proudly presents, for the first time worldwide, the reissue of this cult record, one of the rarest in Latin Jazz.


    I want to thank the Leo Acosta family for their support and enthusiasm for the recovery of this recording. Also to Pablo Iván Argüello from Fonoteca Nacional and Rogiero J. Silva. To the memory of Victor Ruiz Pazos, Tomás Rodríguez, Leo Muñiz, Mario Patrón and Leo Acosta.


    Carlos Tropicaza.

    Ciudad de México 2021 

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