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A Taste Of Tequila / Hats Off

The Mariachi Brass Featuring Chet Baker Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beat Goes Public
  • ASIN: B000G6H3VM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flowers On The Wall
2. Tequila
3. Mexico
4. Love Me With All Your Heart (Cuando Calienta El Sol)
5. Hot Toddy
6. Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa
7. Speedy Gonzales
8. Come A Little Bit Closer
9. El Paso
10. La Bamba
11. Happiness Is
12. Sure Gonna Miss Her
13. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
14. The Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine)
15. These Boots Are Made For Walking
16. On The Street Where You Live
17. Armen's Theme
18. Spanish Harlem
19. Chiquita Banana
20. When The Day Is Done
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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• The first two of several easy listening albums that Chet Baker fronted for World Pacific Records, in the mid-60s, under the name of The Mariachi Brass. Essentially a hipper version of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass it featured many of Los Angeles’ most high-profile sessioneers of the 1960s, several of whom also played in the TJB. Some of the most notable players here include Tom Scott, Herb Ellis, Don Peake, Victor Feldman, Julius Wechter, Dennis Budimir, Al Casey and notable "Wrecking Crew" alumni Tommy Tedesco, Lyle Ritz, Frank Capp and Bill Pitman.

• These two albums are the most notable of the series in that all of "A Taste Of Tequila" and all, bar four, tracks on "Hats Off!" were arranged by Ace hero Jack Nitzsche, in something of a continuation of his own instrumental work for Reprise Records during the 1960s.

• Despite their ostensibly ‘cheesy’ nature, Chet Baker is on record as saying he enjoyed the Mariachi Brass sessions. His flugelhorn playing reflects this - throughout these two albums it is very warm and involving.

• None of the Mariachi Brass albums has ever been reissued, which means that this collection – from the original mono master tapes, the stereo versions having been lost - will fill a big gap in Chet Baker (and Jack Nitzsche) collections everywhere.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 21 Dec 2012
By bully
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if you like herb alpert then please get this cd its fantastic all sixies songs herb alpert way but with top jazz man chet baker and others donot miss this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like listening to The Mariachi Brass live in the studio 24 April 2007
By Stadium Studios - Published on Amazon.com
Simply outstanding in every way. The sound on this collection is perfect. I have LP copies of all the Mariachi Brass albums in stereo and mono and they sound pretty horrible. This CD was obviously mastered from the original with great care. It sounds as if you are listening to them live in the studio. I know that a lot a Baker fans have shunned The Mariachi Brass albums but I love them. Many say that he only did it for drug money and they used him as a Tijuana Brass knockoff but I disagree. Chet puts his own style into these standards and they have such warmth and feeling it gives me goosebumps. Yes, they came out at the height of the T.J.B. but I would not call it a knockoff by any means. A little pricey yes, but well worth the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD coupling of first two Baker/Mariachi Brass albums 22 Jan 2007
By David Kenner - Published on Amazon.com
I've wanted the Mariachi Brass' first LP on CD ever since I got my first CD player in 1986. It finally arrives on this very nice twofer that also contains the second LP plus one additional track.

Chet Baker fans have dismissed these albums for decades because of their pop appeal, the fact that the Mariachi Brass was one of many brass oriented groups thrown together by a record company to capitalize on the success of Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass in the mid-60s, and also because it has been widely speculated that Baker only agreed to record these LPs to get money to support his drug habit (and it was that habit that led to his untimely demise). But in my opinion, if you judge the music on it's own merits then the only question is: do you like mid-60s easy listening covers of pop hits or not? If not, pass this by -- even if you're a Chet Baker fan. If you don't like Tijuana Brass, Living Brass, Brass Ring and the like, you won't like this. If you do like this type of thing though, there's no real reason for you to dislike this. It's some very familiar hit tunes from the 60s, masterfully arranged, played by fantastic studio musicians (including members of the Wrecking Cru and some Tijuana Brass regulars) and perfectly balanced with Chet's wonderful flugal horn riding over the top of the other instruments. It sounds to me that he was having a good time recording these tracks -- I really can't believe he got nothing out of these sessions other than the money.

The standout tracks are "Flowers On The Wall", "Tequila" (which contains one of my all time favorite drum fills about 1:44 into the track), "Hot Toddy", "24 Hours From Tulsa", "Speedy Gonzalez", "La Bamba", "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", and a rocking cover of the "Colonel Bogey March" from "The Bridge On The River Kwai". The latter wasn't included on either of the LPs featured here but has been included as a bonus track.

Overall, A TASTE OF TEQUILA is a more satisfying album than "HATS OFF" but there's nothing here that isn't enjoyable if you like 60s instrumental pop.

It should be noted that all tracks appear on this CD in mono. According to the liner notes, the stereo tapes have been lost. I've had TASTE OF TEQUILA in both mono and stereo versions for years though and always preferred the mono version, so you'll hear no complaint from me. And if there's any concern about the cover being different for this CD, the original covers (both front and back) are recreated inside the booklet.

This was the reissue of 2006 for me. I'm thrilled to have it on CD and highly recommend it to fans of brass-led 60s instrumental combos.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREAT POP-JAZZ STYLE OF THE INIMITABLE CHET BAKER ! 26 Mar 2014
By Dick Bobnick - Published on Amazon.com
I originally purchased all the Chet Baker and the Mariachi Brass albums (4) back in 1966 and 1967. Being a trumpeter myself with an outstanding trumpet playing son (Doc Severinsen Big Band) I have collected many trumpet stars in my collection, the chief being the great Harry James. I love these Pop departures of Chet Baker playing very commercial tunes of the day and although purists of Chet's music disdain these albums but I feel they are missing the boat. Chet is his extraordinary self on his flugelhorn solos with ace studio sidemen providing great background. It is great that they have finally found their way to CDs. I have transferred them all from the original LPs but I am still going to order these CDs. If you like the Tijuana Brass and the Baja Marimba band instrumentals you'll love these even more as they give you the element of great Jazz soloing to boot.
2.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Novelty In The Vast Chet Baker Discography 20 Mar 2014
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
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As a curiosity, I'd give this 5 stars! 2 of the 3 World Pacific mid-1960's albums that featured the great Chet Baker fronting a Tijuana Brass knock-off, playing the pop tunes of the day. I'll bet you were never aware of such a thing! And it sounds like fun! But the novelty wears off pretty quickly. Well played by all, Baker sounds pretty good in the middle of it all (no vocals), but so what? If you want to hear Baker, there are a hundred better choices. (And I owned the original albums, so I knew what I was getting into.) As a jazz album it's about 1 star, but I'll bump it up a star for musicianship, nostalgia, obscurity and curiosity. And I'll give the people who dug this up high marks for the package - good notes and information on the sessions, putting it all in perspective.
5.0 out of 5 stars great music, great entertainment 24 Sep 2010
By Pietro Zanette - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a biased critic, I have a soft spot for this kind of music. I do not like vocals and here it is purely intrumental of high calibre. Loved Mexico by Bob Moore, love it here, love the rendition of "24 hours from Tulsa" and most of the rest. Chet Baker is there and no matter what, it is an added value. For those who like this music, it is a must.
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