Various Artists

Jazzvisions: Latina Familia

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Sheila Escovedo -- better known as Sheila E. -- was still cresting the peak of her Prince-sponsored pop career at the time this installment of Verve's Jazzvisions series was taped; hence the top billing over her father Pete Escovedo and the formidable Tito Puente. But Prince and his entourage stayed home, for this is strictly a cooking Latin jazz session, recorded live at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre. Nor is this a predictable salsa session, for the Escovedos, Puente and a large supporting cast mix up the medicine with an excursion into Brazil, tense progressive-minded jazz charts, David Yamasaki's jarring rock electric guitar, and some lyrical vibraphone from Tito. And naturally, there are some stirring three-way timbales battles between Tito, Sheila and Pete, augmented by Sheila's brother Juan on congas. This concert was available in five formats (LP, CD, cassette, laserdisc, VHS video).

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