JORGE LOPEZ RUIZ | El Grito

JORGE LOPEZ RUIZ

el grito


Label: Be With
Cat No: BEWITH078LP

Status: PRESALE

12" Argentina big band jazz LP modal reissue remastered


TRACKLIST

A1. El Grito
A2. M.A.B. Amor
B1. Hasta El Cielo, Sin Nubes, Con Todas Las Estrellas
B2. Tendre El Mundo
B3. De Nuevo El Grito

RELEASE NOTES

Be With is delighted to present Jorge López Ruiz's El Grito (Suite Para Orquesta De Jazz), eternal Argentinian magic released on CBS in 1967 that must be one of the most sought-after South American jazz LPs. Living in Buenos Aires in the 60s, driven by creative impulse and rage Jorge López Ruiz used music as his platform to protest the Argentine military dictatorship: "I could never stand dictatorships, to be told how you have to think, what you have to do. Nor did I endure discrimination". A young López Ruiz had appeared on a television panel alongside writer, politician and philosopher Arturo Jauretche, criticising the Onganía dictatorship. Jauretche told López Ruiz "Now say it with music". This was the deep inhale that lead to El Grito, literally "The Scream". As López Ruiz later explained "Jauretche urged me that my protests should not remain in words and acquire the consistency of a work… but it was not so much what he told me but how he told me, what prompted me to make the work take shape, first in a live concert and then in a recording". As the police and military began resorting to kidnapping, torture and summary executions to quiet dissent, with depressing inevitability the artist community and their work were a particular target of the increasingly brutal regime. El Grito was banned not long after it was released and the majority of original copies were unceremoniously destroyed. The work of a genius artist living under an opressive dictatorship, erased by the government of the time, this is buried treasure in every sense and it's been a rare record for over 50 years.