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Band, *1972 US, San Francisco
Latin, Jazz and Rock

Azteca was a Latin jazz-rock-fusion group formed in 1972, started by Coke Escovedo and his brother Pete Escovedo, who had played on Santana III (1971). Azteca was the first large-scale attempt to combine multiple musical elements in the context of a Latin orchestra setting, and featured horns, woodwinds, multiple keyboards, three vocalists, guitars, drums, and multiple Latin percussionists. Onstage, the band consisted of between 15-25 members, and toured with acts including Stevie Wonder. Other notable Azteca members included drummer Lenny White, bassist Paul Jackson (2), vocalist Wendy Haas, trumpeter Tom Harrell, guitarist Neal Schon, vocalist Errol Knowles and percussionist Victor Pantoja. The group was also a musical starting point for Latin percussionist Sheila E. (the daughter of Pete Escovedo), who appeared with the band as a teenager. They released only two albums between 1972-1973.

PortraitCoke Escovedo
perc, bvoc 1941-1986 US
PortraitJames Vincent
g, voc *1943 US
Rico Reyes
voc, perc US
PortraitPaul Jackson
eb, b *1947 US
PortraitPete Escovedo
tim, perc *1935 US
PortraitTom Harrell
tr, fh *1946 US
PortraitVictor Pantoja
cng, bgo US
PortraitSheila Escovedo
cng, voc
PortraitNeal Schon
g, voc *1954 US
PortraitWendy Haas
p, voc US
Errol Knowles
voc US
Popular Tracks   
Sigur Dar Incet on Sigur Dar Incet by Ian & Azteca
Bag Un Blunt on Bag Un Blunt by Ian & Azteca
Pala Mande on Maktub by Azteca
Relație Cu Bancnotele on Relație Cu Bancnotele by Azteca
Player on Player by Ian, Azteca & Nane
BOB on BOB by Sapte & Azteca
Umblu Langa Ai Mei on Umblu Langa Ai Mei by Ian & Azteca
Vvs on Maktub by Azteca
Sute Albastre on Sute Albastre by Azteca
Sile on RMN by Azteca

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
La Piedra Del SolAzteca2008Album
From The RuinsAzteca2008Album
Pyramid Of The MoonAzteca1973Album
Mamita LindaAzteca1973Single
Mamita Linda / Ah AhAzteca1973Single
Red Onions / Love Is StrangerAzteca1973Single
Whatcha Gonna DoAzteca1973Single
Mamita Linda / Peace EverybodyAzteca1972Single
Ain't Got No Special Woman / Can't Take The Funk Out Of MeAzteca1972Single
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