Pete Escovedo is a marvel on the live stage. San Francisco's annual Stern Grove Festival is one of the most cherished cultural institutions in the Bay Area.
The two local treasures came together last season, when the Pride of Pittsburg performed at the admission-free festival. Now, we have a document of that moment -- Escovedo's newly released "Live From Stern Grove Festival" ($16.98).
The set, which hit stores Tuesday, features the legendary Latin jazz percussionist leading his fine band through such favorites as Tito Puente's "Picadillo Jam," Wayne Wallace's "Take Some Time" and the standard "Fly Me to the Moon."
Of course, it's usually a family affair whenever Escovedo takes the stage. Included in the "Stern Grove" musical mix are Escovedo's sons, Juan and Peter Michael, as well as his daughter, Sheila E., the percussionist known for her work with Prince, Ringo Starr and George Duke.
The album also features appearances by guitarist Ray Obiedo, saxophonist Dave Koz and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, who shows up on the closing number, "Suenos de los Torreros."
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