En Jazz


The Vinilísssimo label presents for the first time on vinyl the 1968 jazz album En Jazz by '60s Spanish pop quartet, Lone Star. This album features a wide variety of music including standards, Mozart, songs by Spanish composer Pau Casals, Ray Charles and rhythm and blues, played on vibraphone, piano, double bass and drums. Formed in Barcelona around 1960, Lone Star broke the mold of contemporary Spanish bands. Like all the groups signed by the EMI subsidiary Hispavox, they had to record covers of foreign hits, specializing in The Animals. However, they obtained enough recognition to be able to record their own material, achieving a huge impact in 1968 with "Mi Calle," an outstanding song that reflects working-class frustration in Spain under Franco. That same year, La Voz de su Amo released En Jazz. For a while, Lone Star operated on two fronts: first, they would play jazz and later, their pop songs. They gained a fantastic reputation and were signed up for Festivales de España, an official touring circuit that used to offer "cultural" shows during the summer. Pedro Gené would switch his usual role as singer to that of piano player for the jazz section; Juan Miró would leave the guitar to play the vibraphone, Rafa de la Vega would play the double bass and Enrique López would play the drum kit with brushes. During an interview from that time, the band stated "It's jazz which contains all the styles: cool, classic, modern. We try to play straightforward jazz, commercial, which can be attractive to the youth." On this record you'll find a Mozart sonata, a traditional Catalan Christmas song, Ray Charles' "I Believe To My Soul," and classic standard "Misty," written by pianist Erroll Garner. En Jazz is a unique project featuring sublime Spanish musicianship, bravely capable of both jazz and rock chops. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl in a limited edition of 500 copies only. Insert includes liner notes in Spanish and English.