Tequila Cocktail

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At some point in it’s life, those cut-throats at the Notting Hill Music & Video Exchange were asking a fiver for this record.  By the time it found it’s way into the Cotham branch of Oxfam, it was priced at a far more sensible 99p. I wasn’t familiar with the work of Pepe Jaramillo, but those magic words ‘and his Latin American Rhythm’ (plus the sultry brunette on the sleeve) were enough to convince me to part with my pennies.

As the title suggests, this is classic Latin-flavoured cocktail lounge piano schmaltz, for the sophisticated party-goer of 1971. As the blurb on the back says:

“Take twelve good pieces of music and add to them Pepe Jaramillo and his Latin American Rhythm – this will give you the perfect ‘Tequila Cocktail’ and set the mood for any kind of cocktail party or just set a relaxed mood for anything.

Many of the songs in this album are favourites to be heard in cocktail lounges around the world, and Pepe adds his own ingredient to give a smooth, warm sound to titles like “My Way”, “Loneliness”, “The Look Of Love” and “The Shadow Of Your Smile”.

The title ‘Tequila Cocktail’ is Pepe’s own composition and this adds that little extra ‘pepper’ to hot up any cocktail party.

If you are going to have a long cocktail party you might well take a look at the other Pepe Jaramillo albums that are available and keep the party in the true Latin American mood.”

Well, after chilling with a Margarita to this baby, I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for Pepe’s other recordings, including ‘Mexican Champagne‘, and the intriguingly titled ‘Latin Piano in Japan‘.

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