“There is no better time for some dance music, and this congregation of musicians from Human Sexual Response, Either/Orchestra, Bim Skala Bim, and other Boston bands have just the thing with their revival of bugalu, the explosive ‘60s Nuyorican mélange of various Latin and African American styles.” –Stuart Monroe, Boston Globe
Lookie Lookie brings Boston rock, Latin and jazz all-stars join together to play Latin Bugalu, a style pioneered by Newyoricans in the late 1960's, combining mambo, soul and rock'n'roll into an incredibly fun and catchy hybrid, a kind of garage band Latin.
Lookie Lookie features four percussionists, bass and three horns - plus everybody sings, in English and Spanish. The grooves are irresistable, and accomodating to all kinds of dancing, from salsa to easygoing rock'n'roll. You don't need double-jointed hips to enjoy dancing to Lookie Lookie.
The songs are by Latino icons Ricardo Ray, Joe Cuba, Pete Rodrigues, Johnny Pacheco and the little known George Guzman. Grammy nominated arranger Russ Gershon, who plays sax and sings in the band, has created new versions of these classic songs, now with contributions from alto saxophonist Ted DeColo.
Lookie Lookie was founded by bassist Chris Maclachlan, best known for his work in the seminal Boston punk band Human Sexual Response. He is joined by percussionists Rick Barry of Bim Skala Bim, Ken Winokur of the Alloy Orchestra, Vicente Lebron of Club D'Elf, and Jorge Arce, the dean of Latin musicians in Boston. In the horn section are Scott Getchell of Lars Vegas and Agachiko, Gershon of the Either/Orchestra and Orchestra Morphine and DeColo on alto sax and flute.