GARRETT SARACHO’S LOST-IN-TIME AND UNDER-LOVED CLASSIC CHICANO JAZZ-FUNK “EN MEDIO” WILL BE RELEASED ON VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE INITIAL 1973 RELEASE

ALBUM EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE FOR STORE DAY BLACK DISC FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25E BY IMPULSE! RECORDS/UMe

AN INNOVATIVE AND INFLUENTIAL MUSICIAN MAKES A RETURN TO JAZZ NEARLY 50 YEARS AFTER BEING LOST FROM THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WITH AN EXCITING NEW COLLABORATION WITH
JAZZ IS DEAD COLLECTIVE

LOS ANGELES, November 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In 1973, Garrett Saracho was an up and coming chicano jazz musician from Los Angeles just released their highly anticipated debut album, In Medio (as Gary Saracho) on Impulse! Foldersrepresenting what New York Times called the label’s “west coast contingent”. Although it received a five-star review from low beat magazine, the authority on all things jazz, which led to a friend Herbie Hancock calling him and congratulating him on the perfect exam, praise from Wayne Shorterand interest from radio stations, a cosmic confluence of unfortunate events – an oil embargo in the Middle Eastchange in label direction, shrinking budgets – led to the record not receiving promotion and ultimately not gaining the traction it so deserved at the time.

Disappointed and disillusioned, the composer and keyboardist, one of the most exciting young musicians in the fertile jazz underground of Los Angeles, walked away from music and left his Fender Rhodes behind to return to school. He would go on to a successful and rewarding career in the film industry, first as a carpenter, later as an editor for several successful films, most recently as a screenwriter and filmmaker. He would eventually return to music years later, touring with the legendary Native American rock band Redbone, fronted by his cousins ​​Pat and Lolly Vegas, and quietly continuing to make music in his studio. In recent years, Saracho’s work has found renewed interest with a new generation of fans, with the long out of print and unavailable on streaming platforms. In Medio be rediscovered by connoisseurs and the community of crate diggers.

Now, for the first time since its original release in 1973, Saracho’s time-lost and underrated classic, In Medioa heady fusion of witty jazz, funk and Latin rock, will be released on vinyl via Pulse!/UMe in front of his 50e birthday next year, exclusively for Black Friday record store day Limited to 3,500 copies worldwide, the LP, which has been mastered from the original tapes, will be available for purchase on Friday, November 25e at participating independent record stores as an “RSD First” release. Visit RecordStoreDay.com for more information.

Regarding the first discsIn Medio is lightning in a bottle. A singular statement recorded in a weekend at may 1973 at the Village Recorder in West LA, with a host of musicians with varying levels of association with the Union of God’s Musicians and Artist Ascension (UGMAA), a network of predominantly African-American jazz musicians organized by Horace Tapscott who acted as a community resource, connecting musicians with each other and helping them find work. This included Roberto Mirandabassist of the Herbie Baker Quintet and longtime stalwart of Tapscott’s Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (PAPA), and Owen Marshalla Compton-arranger and multi-instrumentalist who had previously worked for Lee Morgan.

After spending almost fifty years away from the music industry, Saracho’s musical journey has taken on a new lease of life and in addition to the long-awaited reissue of In Medio he was recently recruited by the influential jazz collective jazz is dead to return to jazz on their latest exciting collaboration. Available now, Garrett Saracho JID015 sees Ali Shahid Muhammad and Adrian Younge performing a collection of shapeshifting tracks with Saracho that leap from one style or tempo to the next with shocking ease. Mixing Latin soul and psychedelic rock influences alongside his enduring love for jazz, the album is a tribute to the enduring bonds and cultural dialogues between genres, and to the perseverance of a musician who once stood on the edge of fame, now receiving his long overdue acclaim. Early reviews for the record have enthusiastic reviews, with Mojo awarding the album four stars and declaring it “arguably Jazz Is Dead’s best LP to date”, and hailing the music as “sounding like a David Axelrod-meets-Gil Evans mash-up imagined by Cal Tjaderthe LP consists of eight ensemble pieces, ranging from edgy soundscapes (Altitude) and cinematic sound poems (The Gardens) to percolating Chicano grooves (El Cambio Es Necesario).”

With an incredible new album and a long-lost gem, Garrett Saracho finally gets its due, five decades later.

SOURCE Pulse!/UMe

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