Navarro Con Polenta
* Official reissue of one of Argentina’s top jazz-funk albums.
* First vinyl reissue.
* 4-page insert with previously unpublished pictures and liner notes in English and Spanish.
* Free download code.
We’re back with another gem from South America, first time vinyl reissue of the debut album by Jorge Navarro, one of the pillars of the jazz scene in Argentina — still active with a 50-year plus career on his shoulders.
This album, his first solo work, was an unexpected turn in his career and represents one of the few incursions into Jazz-Rock in the Argentinian discography.
This one is quite limited due to licensing restrictions and likely to sell out fast — just a heads up!
It’s safe to say that starting a jazz album with a version of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” was quite a daring deed, to say the least. In Argentina — back in 1977.
And yet this is something a musician with the career of Jorge Navarro could afford. Navarro belongs to a generation of musicians who shaped the history of jazz music in Argentina, starting already in the mid-50s alongside other renowned jazzmen such as Lalo Schifrin, Leandro “Gato” Barbieri, “Baby” López Furst or Jorge López Ruiz.
This tightly-knit group of musicians often looked abroad and followed the dominant current in the US, going through swing and be-bop phases, keeping the jazz scene alive through its highs and lows, but towards the end of the sixties many started to develop their own identity, a tendency that intensified in the early 70s.
In Argentina, “con polenta” is an expression used to describe something with great energy or strength — which perfectly defines the mood for the album. As many other musicians, most notably Schifrin and Barbieri (who enjoyed a huge international success and would only sporadically return to Argentina), Navarro had just left the country and spent several years in the USA, returning to his homeland full of energy and new ideas, which translated into his debut solo album. A rocking blend of Jazz and Funk, the album unexpectedly kicks off with a groovy cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” and includes equally wicked takes on compositions by Eumir Deodato, Keith Jarrett and Joe Farrell, as well as two self-penned originals and a funky number by Roberto Valencia, who’s in charge of percussion in the album.