Sunday, December 11, 2005

Esquivel!

Juan Garcia Esquivel made music that blurred the lines between cocktail jazz, mainstream pop, exotica, and experimental electronic. Popular in the 60s, he languished in obscurity until he was rediscovered by neo-loungists in the 90s. We must give credit to WFMU's Irwin Chusid for helping to bring him back.


Esquivel was an unlikely candidate for hipster-saint status. He looked like the consummate square, complete with nerd glasses. His song choices were mostly straight out of the easy listening charts. What sets him apart are his loopy arraingements, odd instrumentation, and early experiments in stereo recording. He died in 2002.


Chant to the Night

Mucha Muchacha


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