In the late 1960s, a number of Peruvian guitarists from Lima and the Amazon created a new electric hybrid that mixed cumbia with surf, Cuban guaracha, rock, Peruvian folklore, and psychedelic touches. This new wave of Peruvian cumbia came to be known as chicha. …
This collection mines a style of music that, by the compiler’s own admission, has never had much of a following outside of the poor barrios of Peru, where it first emerged in the late 1960s. “Chicha” is a Peruvian variant on Columbian cumbia, in which manic accordions are replaced by gritty electric guitars, and the tempo is kept relatively slow. The style evolved from the introduction of cheap, loud, portable modern instruments such as the Farfisa organ and electric guitars, which lent the sound of yanqui rock to local scenes, but were also easily adapted to local styles. The tracks on this album were all recorded between 1966-78, when rock-flavored experimentation was exploding across South America. Like cumbia, this was party music, made for people to dance to, and although it was frowned on by urban sophisticates and never made it beyond a limited regional influence, the good-timey vibe persists, all these decades later. Put it on, crank it up and you’ll find yourself tapping your toes and wiggling your hips in no time at all… (DJ Joe Sixpack)
Idle Moments: The album is best known for the title piece, “Idle Moments”; a slow composition in C minor which lasts for nearly 15 minutes. Composed by Duke Pearson. Played by Grant Green, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Duke Pearson, Bob Cranshaw, Al Harewood.
The Cold Vibes (Published on Feb 14, 2015):
Can Tutuğ: vibraphone
Yalın Doğu Şahin: guitar
Asal Altay: double-bass
Uğurcan Mamuzlu: drums