Nil’s (Jazz) Ensemble, the band fronted by jazz musician, arranger and composer Nilo Espinosa, jumped on the bandwagon of recording covers of international hits under the name Sangre Joven.
This 1975 single is loaded with tropical infused funky and disco sounds: ‘Zamba, Zamba’ is a true-to-the-original version of Elkin & Nelson’s 1974 chartbuster; classic balearic vibes! ‘Lindo Caballito’, on the flipside, is a boogaloo dance floor number with an extra Latin rock and jazzy descarga touch.
Once resettled in Lima, Peru, in 1974 after spending some time playing in a jazz quintet in Berlin, sax player Nilo Espinosa would put together the Nil’s Jazz Ensemble, a top-notch array of local talent. They recorded one single album (1976) that remains not only as one of the grails for collectors of Latin-American jazz but also as an outstanding piece of music on its own.
Most of the line up of the ensemble were also part of Sangre Joven, a side project to release covers of international disco and funk hits for Discos MAG. A full album and a single were released under that moniker in 1975.
‘Zamba Zamba’ is a true-to-the-original cover version of the song ‘Samba Samba’ by Colombian brothers Elkin & Nelson, who moved to Spain in the 70s and recorded a couple of albums with the famous singer Juan Pardo on the production duties. Classic balearic vibes!
‘Lindo Caballito’, on the flipside, is an uptempo Latin track for the dance floor that had been previously recorded by Enrique Lynch and Grupo Ecuación. It includes elements of descarga and boogaloo but with a funky rock twist.