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Juan Garcia Esquivel
[Born 20 January 1918, Tampico, México]
[Died 3 January 2002, Jiutepec, Morelos, México]

 

Mexican composer and orchestra leader Juan Garcia Esquivel is well remember today for his space-age bachelor pad music. Esquivel recorded for RCA from 1957 to 1968.His arrangements took full advantage of the stereo phenomenon. The music made hi-fi's resonate with bongos, glass-shattering brass, and perky xylophones. He stripped lyrics from pop standards and replaced them with whistling, humming, or a disjointed phrase. His smooth vocal choruses would croon "Zu-zu-zu", or shout "Pow! Pow! Pow!" As one producer put it, "Esquivel is one arranger who really writes  for stereophonic sound." He led the live band for 12 years, but by the end, his audience had begun to dwindle, and his indulgence in drink and drugs led to the end of his contract. His belongings, including many of his compositions, were hauled off when he fell in arrears on his rent. In 1979, he returned to México and composed for a children's series called "Burbujas". An album of songs and instrumentals from the series sold more than a million copies. Esquivel's experimental recordings of the 1950s and '60s regained popularity during the revival of lounge music in the 1990s. His albums include Other Worlds, Other Sounds, Exploring New Sounds in Stereo, Four Corners of the World, Strings Aflame, Infinity in Sound, More of Other Worlds, Other Sounds, 1968 Esquivel!, Burbujas and Odisea Burbujas.

 

:: DISCOGRAPHY ::

1956   Las tandas de Juan García Esquivel
[1956] Las Tandas de Juan García Esquivel
 
1957   To Love Again
[1957] To Love Again
 
1958   Cabaret trágico (OST)
[1958] Cabaret trágico / Juan García Esquivel [OST]
 
1958   Exploring New Sounds in Stereo
[1958] Exploring New Sounds in Stereo
 
1959   Exploring New Sounds in Hi-Fi
[1959] Exploring New Sounds in Hi-Fi
 
1958   Other Worlds Other Sounds
[1958] Other Worlds Other Sounds
 
1958   Four Corners of the World
[1958] Four Corners of the World
 
1959   Strings Aflame
[1959] Strings Aflame
 
1960   Infinity in Sound
[1960] Infinity in Sound
 
1961   Infinity in Sound, Volume 2
[1961] Infinity in Sound, Volume 2
 
1962   Latin-esque
[1962] Latin-esque
 
1962   More of Other Worlds, Other Sounds
[1962] More of Other Worlds, Other Sounds
1968   1968 Esquivel!!
[1968] 1968 Esquivel!!
 
1969  Compilation: Nuevos Exitos de J G Esquivel
[1969] Nuevos Exitos de Juan García Esquivel y su Orquesta - RCA Compilation
1979  Burbujas : Music by J. G. Esquivel
[1979] Burbujas : Music by Juan García Esquivel
1980  Odisea Burbujas : Music by J.G. Esquivel
[1980] Odisea Burbujas : Music by Juan García Esquivel
 
Vamos al Circo - 1981
[1981] Vamos al Circo : Music by Juan García Esquivel

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