Pete Escovedo has been a major force in Latin music for since the 1970s. A composer, master percussionist, trombonist, saxophonist, vocalist, and bandleader, his versatility has resulted in success in Latin jazz and salsa, rock, funk, and Latin pop. Escovedo began his recording career as a vocalist with Mongo Santamaria in 1960, and gained renown as a percussionist with Santana in the late '60s, playing with the guitarist off and on until 1980. Escovedo and brothers Coke and Phil formed the Latin jazz fusion outfit Azteca, and issued 1972's Azteca and 1973's Pyramid of the Moon for Columbia before splitting. He released his leader debut The Island in 1982, followed by Yesterday's Memories Tomorrow's Dreams in 1985. After signing to Concord, he issued Mister E in 1982 and Latina Familia, with daughter Sheila E. and Tito Puente, in 1987.
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