Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an American musical treasure with a Latin brand of jazz, soul, and other genres of international music blended into a musical gumbo. The East Bay standout’s objective has always been to release quality music, and he drove the point home as leader of the popular California-based big band Azteca. But to be true to his multicultural essence, it is difficult to categorize his sound because diverse influences are heard in many of his interpretations such as the Al Green classic “Let’s Stay Together,” one of the inspiring grooves couched in his latest 10-track album titled Back To The Bay. Music seems to be in Escovedo blood as Sheila E, Pete’s lovely and talented daughter, has blazed her own trail, thanks to the musical example set by the man she and friends calls “pops.” The above-mentioned single features versatile singer Sy Smith and is directed by Pete’s son Peter Michael Escovedo. Not to be overlooked is Pete Escovedo has recently published his memoirs My Life In The Key of E — Available at Amazon —
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Below is Pete’s much-anticipated memoir My Life In The Key of E — available now in which he highlights his rise to success in the Latin music field to prominence in mainstream recordings and live shows around the globe. Pete was a leader of the band Azteca, and he was a member of the band Santana in the 1970s. Available at Amazon and other digital outlets: