Quote of the Week: Juan Esquivel and Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music
July 29, 2011
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Esquivel was a genius arranger who created a beautiful pop mutation.
Juan Esquivel (not the Renaissance composer!), is the quintessential stereo-age musician. In the era of the hi-fi system, Esquivel! produced records that would create an exotic atmosphere while pushing a stereo system to its limits.
Juan García Esquivel (January 20, 1918 – January 3, 2002) often simply known as Esquivel!, was a Mexican band leader, pianist, and composer for television and films. He is recognized today as one of the foremost exponents of a sophisticated style of largely instrumental music that combines elements of lounge music and jazz with Latin flavors. Esquivel is sometimes called “The King of Space Age Pop” and “The Busby Berkley of Cocktail Music.” Esquivel is considered one of the foremost exponents of a style of late 1950s-early 1960s quirky instrumental pop that became known (in retrospect) as “Space Age Bachelor Pad Music”.
The group “Mr. Ho’s Orchestroerotica” has reconstructed the lost scores by Esquivel! and presents transcriptions in concert!