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The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel

by Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica

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    Artwork by Javier Garcia.

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Mini Skirt 02:29
Let's Dance 02:43
Street Scene 03:35


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"…exquisite attention to details…"-Sunday Times London

Best of the Year Discs for 2011 - Audiophile Audition

"…incredible arrangements, musicianship and artistic direction…" - Downbeat

"…a marvelously flexible unit…"-Boston Globe

Now playing in 10,000 Starbucks stores world-wide.

Top CDs of 2010 pick: "…beautifully interprets Esquivel's work…"--All About Jazz

This album features Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica's transcriptions of the intellectual space-age pop sounds of Juan Garcia Esquivel. Recorded live by the 23-piece big band, the Orchestrotica pays tribute to Esquivel's unique contributions to the world of lounge, studio orchestras, and latin big-band music. This is the first recording of the Orchestrotica's transcriptions of Esquivel's lost arrangements and is the debut in the Exotica for Modern Living series.


released August 10, 2012

The album features:
Trumpets: Yaure Muniz (Buena Vista Social Club, Afro Cuban All Stars), Paul Perfetti (Les Miserables, Boston Pops, Boston Musica Viva), Mark Sanchez (Allstonians, too many to list!)
Trombone: Joe Stewart (various)
Bass Trombone: Chris Beaudry (Rochester Phil., RI Phil, numerous others)
Horn: Ken Pope (Boston Modern Orch. Project; Opera Boston)
Woodwinds: Paul Ahlstrand (Tim Gearan Band, Giant Kings, tons others), Jared Sims (Cecil McBee, Mango Blue, Han Bennink), Chris Veilleux (Glenn Miller, Banda Rika, Saxophone Support Group), Russ Gershon (Either Orchestra/Accurate Records), w/ special guest Geni Skendo (various) on bass flute
Vocals: Paul Pampinella (5 O'Clock Shadow, Berklee College of Music), Leenie Doran (Beantown Swing Orchestra), Yolanda Scott, Jennifer O'Neill (Musica Viva NYC, Accord NYC, Amor Artis NYC)
Organ: Rusty Scott
Accordion: Rusty Wutkiewicz
Pedal Steel Guitar: Tim Obetz (various)
Electric, Acoustic Guitars: Tev Stevig (Klezwoods, Fa Diyez Ensemble)
Drums: Mike Walsh (Analog Method, Equal Time, Jen Kearney And The Lost Onion)
Percussion: Noriko Terada (various), Jeremy Lang (freelance orchestras)
Piano, Percussion: Mr. Ho of course (crashandboom.com)
Bass: Jason Davis (Earthsounds Online)

Recorded by John Weston at Futura Productions (Roslindale, MA). Mixed by Ducky Carlisle at Ice Station Zebra (Medford, MA) and John Weston. Mastered by Mark Donahue at SoundMirror in Jamaica Plain, MA. Produced by Brother Cleve and Mr. Ho (Brian O'Neill) with help from Tev Stevig (Kafana, Klezwoods, Fa Diyez Ensemble). Artwork by Javier Garcia (see his great mid-century modern design blog: No Barcode).


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Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica Boston, Massachusetts

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica performs as two ensembles. The quintet performs global jazz and exotic chamber music reaching towards the South Pacific via Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America, while the group's 22-pc Megaband formation is the world's only dedicated to performing the lost-but-now-transcribed space-age pop music of Juan Garcia Esquivel. ... more

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