Otroshakers a los shakers - Music Archive: Los Shakers - Los Shakers (1965)

many years ago i had the good fortune to have had OPA be the house band in my home town - for YEARS! That would be O'Hara's in Palm Beach. Flora and Airto and David Amaro came to visit for a while. In my college years 75-77 I spent many summer nights in a trance watching these fantastic musicians. I asked hugo and jorge, while smoking in the parking lot, what it was like in the studio when they recorded Airto's FINGERS. "very stiff and uptight" was their answer. i could hardly imagine that, what with wild crazy great records like Freddie Hubbard's STRAIGHT LIFE and Joe Farrell's MOON GERMS coming out of Rudy Van Gelder's Studio and CTI records. Opa had Reuben Rada singing and playing percussion for a long time. And they really were from another world. Ringo and Jorge rented a little house on the railroad tracks in WPB, and the trains would roar and shake those houses. The didn't mind, quite the contrary. They dug the wild demented big band chords of the horn and the intense rhythm of the rails. Then, one by one the Fatturosos left and the band slowly disolved, the remains mutating into a not always inspired bar-band called FIESTA.
In 1978 or 9, In New Orleans i saw Flora P and Airto w/ Hugo and Ruben. This was a beautiful, gansta plush club called ROSIE'S and was THE premium jazz spot in . during those days. It was sold-out, but we went to the club at 5 pm for soundcheck hoping to see them load in and piggyback our way in to see if we knew anyone, i thought probably not. I had never met Flora (she was an amazon goddess to me) but we arrive and - who is standing in the street near the load-in dock but Hugo, Flora and Reuben. "Hey Man, what are you doing here?" the surprised Hugo happily asks me like I was his brother. "Meet Flora." I was there with my college girlfriend and my other best friend. They must've thought I was cool, I sure did. We were ecstatic, burnin' one w Flora, Hugo and Rada in broad afternoon daylight Tchapitoulas Street in New Orleans. When saying goodbye Flora hugged me and asked how many for the guest list? It was the friggin' best seat in the house front center. How lovely are those people?

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