Alfonso Lovo - La Gigantona [VINYL]

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Sunburned to acetate in 1976, Nicaraguan composer Alfonso Lovo's unreleased masterpiece "La Gigantona" is a psychedelic swirl of Latin jazz and Afro-Caribbean funk that has no match in the Western Hemisphere.

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Sunburned to acetate in 1976, Nicaraguan composer Alfonso Lovo's unreleased masterpiece "La Gigantona" is a psychedelic swirl of Latin jazz and Afro-Caribbean funk that has no match in the Western Hemisphere. Fusion begets confusion, as Lovo's hand-plucked guitar melodies tumble into synthesizer meltdowns with wasted grace. More experimental than Jamaica's heaviest dub plate, "La Gigantona" lays in a groove that is, at times, as deep in the pocket as it is in the clouds.

The son of a prominent Nicaraguan politician, Lovo was an obvious target when Sandinista rebels hijacked a Managua-bound flight from Miami in December of 1971, ultimately putting several rounds through the talented musician’s torso and hand. After several years, and as many surgeries, he would break ground on this psychedelic pastiche of Latin jazz and pan-American funk, recorded in his nation’s capital in 1976. The binary stars of the sessions would be the agile Lovo and percussionist Jose “Chepito” Areas, who’s timbale work can be heard on watershed records by Carlos Santana, including the Latin-rock milestone, “Oye Como Va.” Lovo’s unreleased masterpiece, combining the talent’s of Nicaragua’s most notorious players, recalls at once the spiritual funkiness of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi, the studio tricknology of Lee “Scratch” Perry, and the dense propulsion of Billy Cobham’s Spectrum.


Artist Alfonso Lovo
Title La Gigantona
Label Numero Group
Format LP
Release Date 19th November 2012
Cat Number NUMERO046

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