Machito and His Orchestra – Baby I Love You

By , November 19, 2017 11:48 am




Listen/Download – Machito and His Orchestra – Baby I Love You MP3

Greetings all.

You already know that I’d fill a bathtub in Latin soul and roll around in it if I could (TMI??), so imagine my delight when I happened upon the 45 you see before you today.

I knew of the might Machito (aka Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo) who was recording rhumba as far back as the early 1950s.

Like so many of his contemporaries, faced with the rising popularity of boogaloo, Machito went into the studio in 1968 with arranger/composer Bert DeCoteaux and laid down an entire album of (mostly) Memphis soul covers (and one groovy DeCoteaux original).

The obviously-titled ‘Machito Goes Memphis’ is not only smoking hot from start to finish, but also (at the writing) still relatively inexpensive.

Machito and his orchestra cover Booker T and the MGs. Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Sam Cooke, and on this track, Aretha Franklin.

The band hits a nice groove, with the drums, bass and percussion laying down the bottom. It is – like the rest of the album – a headnodder, just Latin enough for the boogaloo fans and soulful enough for everyone else (though a considerable crossover is to be expected).

As far as I can tell, Machito never took this direction again.

I hope you dig the track and I’ll see you all next week.

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