In his first live recording in over 15 years, Pete Escovedo returns in a classic recording of his contemporary Latin style, full of vigor, life, and a great sense of fun. It is a treat to review PETE ESOVEDO LIVE! What a blast, what a great sense of musicianship --- it is all here!
There are 10 songs in the collection. Fans of Pete Escovedo will recognize some of them. Among the songs are "Esta Noche," "Whatcha Gonna Do," "La Piedra," "Sunrise," "The E Medley," "Vida Cepeda," and "Sonerito."
There is a 4:57 minute version of the Sammy Cahn/Ray Heindorf jazz standard, "Pete Kelly's Blues," which deserves special mention. Most jazz fans will recall that song from the movie of the same name starring Jack Webb, Peggy Lee, Edmond O'Brien, and Lee Marvin. What is unique about this version is that is starts with a poignant blues approach by Wayne Wallace on trombone, who also arranged it. Then it is followed by the full, intimate Latin treatment that only Pete Escovedo can create. If you want to hear the full context of this lovely song, take several listens to this Wallace & Escovedo version and savor it over and over again for its unique, imaginative approach.
PETE ESCOVEDO LIVE! is Pete Escovedo at his finest. This is a flawless recording. Highly recommended.