In 1967 IT was born in Caracas- product of the restless mind of the musician Ray Perez, a band with a sound different from everything in the past and definitely different from everything to come after. They were Los Calvos, the group that managed to summarize Ray’s musical career
who had already absorbed romantic music, rock, salsa and some jazz through groups such as the Hambay Trio, Los Singers, Los 5 de Romero and the legendary band Los Los Dementes.
For the formation of the group Ray resorts to names of weight among the Venezuelan musical society: the great Frank “Pavo” Hernandez on drums – who curiously considered
crazy the idea of introducing a drums in salsa-, Pedro Garcia in the congas, Miguel Angel Silva on bass, Rafael Araujo on trombone and Lewis with Josue on trumpets, all supporting Carlos “Carlin” Asiclo Rodriguez and Carlos Yanes “Calaven”, a singer charismatic and innovative who brought a touch of jazz to salsa skimming like any of the greats of the genre.
A second LP was released in 1968, with the same power and quality as its predecessor. But unfortunately Ray’s incessant activity and his constant travels make him abandon the project that was once defined as “brilliant and avant-garde”.
Curiously, Los Calvos never performed live. Although Ray Perez considers these recordings as the funniest he has made in his long musical career.
And listening to this pair of albums you will understand why.