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Villarreal, Daniel - Lados B ["Cigar Smoke" VINYL] - New LP
Villarreal, Daniel - Lados B ["Cigar Smoke" VINYL] - New LP
Villarreal, Daniel - Lados B ["Cigar Smoke" VINYL] - New LP
Villarreal, Daniel - Lados B ["Cigar Smoke" VINYL] - New LP
Villarreal, Daniel - Lados B ["Cigar Smoke" VINYL] - New LP
Villarreal, Daniel - Lados B ["Cigar Smoke" VINYL] - New LP
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Villarreal, Daniel - Lados B ["Cigar Smoke" VINYL] - New LP

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Highly successful set of groove and reflection, spontaneous combustion pull back and letting it burn, often laidback but always shoveling the fuel into the furnace and stoking the fire, exploratory but focused, dropping into the groove like a train on a track but chugging into the lands of many places, the sounds probably coming from his own roots, from the music of his Panama home but also hinting back to the latin-flavored soul jazz of the early and mid 1960s, the Latin funk of the 1960s and 1970s, shades of the early burning fusion work of folks like Larry Coryell, as well as some the best and must unique offerings from CTI in the late 1960s and early 1970s. -- winch (green noise)


On October 15th and 16th, 2020, drummer Daniel Villarreal was joined by guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist Anna Butterss for two afternoons of recording in the backyard of Chicali Outpost in Los Angeles. For all three musicians, it was the first ensemble recording session they’d done in-person since the pandemic locked the world down just seven months prior. Some choice moments from these sessions made it onto Villarreal’s critically-acclaimed 2022 album Panamá 77, but most of the music remained unreleased.

Lados B is a deep dive into the high-level spontaneous music made by Villarreal, Parker, and Butterss across those two days in 2020. Villarreal is heard leading the group through various rhythmic modes and structures for improvisation – flow as informed by the Latin funk of Fania Records as it is by the otherworldly humanity trance of Brain Records – while Parker and Butterss draw on their extensive experience playing free together (as heard on Parker's recently-released Mondays at the Enfield Tennis Academy, and the LA side of Makaya McCraven's 2018 LP Universal Beings) to build harmonic buoys for their spontaneous melodicism. The result is a beautifully vivid illustration of context, creativity, and collective composition from a particularly rich moment in history.

released October 6, 2023

Daniel Villarreal – drums, percussion
Jeff Parker – guitar
Anna Butterss – double bass, electric bass

Rhodes piano on “Salute” by Neal Francis.

Recorded by Ben Lumsdaine, October 15-16, 2020,
at Chicali Outpost, Los Angeles CA.
Additional Recording by Dave Vettraino.
Mixed by Dave Vettraino and Daniel Villarreal.
Mastered by David Allen.

Produced by Daniel Villarreal, Dave Vettraino, and Scott McNiece.
Photos by Carolina Sánchez.
Titles by Natalie Miller.
Design by Craig Hansen.


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