Friday At The Fillmore ~ “Pana” ~ Malo

Richard Bean was responsible for this great ensemble of players first hit, “Suavecito” which came with the 1972 release of their first self entitled band name album.

Malo featured a lot of talents, one of them Carlo Santana’s brother Jorge and a tremendous horn section. And of course with a lot of talents came a lot of clashes thus after it’s release many departed to play with others groups.

But not before this Fillmore West June 29, 1971 concert. It can be found on Welcome To The Fillmore (East / West) Volume 3 (1994).

Their very first album put them #14 on the US top 200 & #10 on US R&B. Their next three albums through 1974 with various players were also in the US top 200.

A forgotten band by many but not those who experienced the early Fillmore days.


Malo 1972



Written by Arcelio García, Jr. & Abel Zarate
Fillmore Performance June 29th, 1971.

Arcelio García, Jr. – vocals, percussion
Jorge Santana – guitar
Abel Zarate – guitars, vocals
Pablo Tellez – bass, percussion
Richard Kermode – keyboards, hammond organ, piano
Richard Spremich – drums, percussion
Coke Escovedo – timbales, percussion.
Victor Pantoja – conga, bongos, percussion
Forrest Buchtel Jr. – trumpet
Ron Smith – trumpet
Paul C Saenz – trumpet
Tom Harrell – trumpet
Luis Gasca – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
Roy Murray – flute, trombone, trumpet, soprano sax
Richard Bean – vocals, percussion, timbales


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