Azteca - Azteca at times numbered as many as eighteen musicians, with four very good vocalists. Percussionist Coke Escovedo, uncle of Sheila E ( her father being Pete Escovedo ), formed this powerful Latin rock outfit in 1972. Escovedo, of course, was well known for his work with Santana, and he also went on to release a number of solo albums. Azteca featured a very young Lenny White on drums, later to feature with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola in Return to Forever.They released two albums, one of which, this debut, was released on CD a few years ago by GNP Records. Coke Escovedo sadly died on 13 July 1986, and his son, Paris, has revived Azteca, and they're playing old as well as new material. It would be quite an experience to hear what they sound like today!
  
 

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Biography by William Ruhlmann
Azteca was a large Latin rock band featuring former members of Santana such as Coke Escovedo and Neal Schon that was founded in the early '70s and charted with its self-titled debut album in 1973, though it was not long-lived. 

 

Coke Escovedo

El Chicano
Malo
Santana
Willie Bobo
Salsa Pica
Rio Nido
Carlos Reyes
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
Mike Pacheco
Orquesta J
Latin Percussionists
La Storia del Jazz
Huayucaltia
Irakere
Gonzaguinha
Los Dos Oros
Jack Costanzo
Cesar Ascarrunz
Carla
Jorge Calderon
Luis Angel

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Azteca - 1972 - Azteca - 4/5

Azteca - 1973 - Pyramid of the Moon - 3/5

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