Azteca was a Latin jazz-rock-fusion group formed in 1972, started by Coke Escovedo and his brother Pete Escovedo, who had played on Santana III (1971). Azteca was the first large-scale attempt to combine multiple musical elements in the context of a Latin orchestra setting, and featured horns, woodwinds, multiple keyboards, three vocalists, guitars, drums, and multiple Latin percussionists.

Onstage, the band consisted of between 15-25 members, and toured with acts including Stevie Wonder. Other notable Azteca members included drummer Lenny White, bassist Paul Jackson (2), vocalist Wendy Haas, trumpeter Tom Harrell, guitarist Neal Schon, vocalist Errol Knowles and percussionist Victor Pantoja. The group was also a musical starting point for Latin percussionist Sheila E. (the daughter of Pete Escovedo), who appeared with the band as a teenager. They released only two albums between 1972-1973.


Azteca Discography Tracks


Azteca Azteca (Album) Columbia Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
Azteca Pyramid Of The Moon (Album) Columbia Malaysia 1973 Sell This Version
INAK 9090 CD Azteca From The Ruins(CD, Album) in-akustik INAK 9090 CD Germany 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Azteca Ain't Got No Special Woman / Can't Take The Funk Out Of Me (Single) Columbia US 1972 Sell This Version
Azteca Mamita Linda / Peace Everybody (Single) CBS US 1972 Sell This Version
Azteca Whatcha Gonna Do (Single) Columbia US 1973 Sell This Version
42929 Azteca Red Onions / Love Is Stranger (7", Single) CBS 42929 Colombia 1973 Sell This Version
10894 Azteca Mamita Linda / Ah Ah (7", Single, Jukebox) CBS 10894 Costa Rica 1973 Sell This Version
CBS-15.103 Azteca Ain't Got No Special Woman - Can't Take The Funk Out Of Me(7", Single) CBS CBS-15.103 Venezuela 1973 Sell This Version
SC-71163 Azteca Mamita Linda(7", Single) Epic SC-71163 Mexico 1973 Sell This Version
7-31776 Azteca Azteca(7", Jukebox, Promo) Columbia 7-31776 US 1973 Sell This Version


INAK 6181 DVD Azteca La Piedra Del Sol(DVD-V, Copy Prot.) in-akustik INAK 6181 DVD Germany 2008 Sell This Version


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November 30, 2015
Coke Escovedo left Santana after touring South America at the end of 1971 to start his own band. He formed a seventeen piece band with his brother Pete. Housed in a colourful ornamental inca sleeve the music on the album is percussive latin rock like War, Earth Wind and Fire, and Santana, with brass in the tradition of Tito Puente with songs in english & spanish.

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