Dance, Mamacita !
Pepe Marquez gives the Gente what they asked for
After almost a year of requests, questions, and now popular demand, singer Pepe Marquez of Santa Barbara , California, returns the love to his growing legion of fans with his 2nd solo CD, "Dance mamcita".
Published on LatinoLA: March 16, 2006
I know you're gonna like this one! With some classic Latin Soul, Boleros, Cumbias, and Oldies done "his way", Pepe and producer Carlos Guillen have collaborated on 7 original cuts that makes this one of Pepe's best works yet. Released by LACIMA Music, it's now available.
A relative newcomer to the L.A. Chicano music scene, Pepe burst into the L.A. spotlight with his first solo CD "Just for you" about 2 years ago, which received heavy airplay from 4 Internet radio stations, leading to appearances at BB King's in Hollywood, The Montebello Inn, Paul's Kitchen, Thee Mr. Duran Cable/Internet TV Show, The Crazy Chuy Hernandez Show in Waxahachie Texas, and 2 appearances on my show, The 2nd Time Around, with sparkling reviews. Pepe has since performed with such L.A. heavies as Steven Chavez's East L.A. Revue All Star Band, Maria Conchita Sandoval, Steve Salas, Rocky Padilla, Cory Silva, and the After Dark Band.
As my friend, he has also blessed me with with 2 suprise appearances at my fundraiser show and birthday party. (Thanks, Carnalito!)
Then, last year, he suprised us all by re-issuing his first Cd "The Flashbacks", which was relatively unheard of outside of the Santa Barbara-Carpinteria-Oxnard area for a couple of years, but garnered popular response once he brought it to L.A. and Texas, with 3 original cuts that are now requested regularly. The Flashbacks have been one of the Southern California coastal area's most popular club bands for over 20 years , pretty much owning the annual Avocado Festival up in Carpinteria.
This new Cd was premiered on Crazy Chuy Hernandez's Texas based, Chicano Express Radio program late last year, and now it's my turn!
Pepe takes you on a cruise through Aztlan with this prime example of California Chicano Music diversity. Fresh keyboards, horns, strings, and percussion, nothing synthesized here, with Pepe's excellent bi-lingual vocals, this is one of those CD's you could listen to all day and not get tired of it, or look for something different to play.
The title cut, "Dance Mamacita" is a hot Latin Soul number that gets you in that dance mood. Pepe premiered this one on the Thee Mr. Duran TV show late last year, along with the disco-funk number, "Everytime".
If you like Cumbias, and who doesn't, Pepe gives you excellent dance versions of "Tiburon" and "Tita" .
If Boleros are your taste, Pepe's "Como Olvidar" and "Contigo en la distancia" will have you slow dancing and smootching in your living room. Be careful when playing these if you're driving with your honey...you may want to play it safe and pull over!
You want Salsa? Check out Pepe's "Please don't ask", an original written by Carlos Guillen.
I need my issue of Oldies, and Pepe doesn't let me down. Inviting newcomer Lorena Crisenberry to join him, some excellent bi-lingual duets is what Pepe's turns "Very special", and "Never can say goodbye" into. All I could say was "wow" when I first heard them... and you will hear them on my shows!
And, in a touching tribute to his children, and something every Father on the planet should express to his children if he loves them, Pepe and Carlos Guillen again collaborate on a touching original ballad "Heart & Soul", which features some excellent piano work by Mr. Guillen. You can feel Pepe's heart in this tearjerker, for sure!
Anybody that knows me, knows I love Chicano music, and my man Pepe Marquez has definitely hooked me up with this one. Gracias otra vez, Carnalito!
Pepe Marquez's new cd "Dance mamacita". Pick up your copy today!
note: Pepe Marquez's website: www.pepemarquez.com
Frankie Firme, The "Al Capone of the microphone, and the HITMAN of West Coast Chicano Soul" spins Chicano music on the World Wide web every week, and is a contributing writer to LatinoLA.