The Mariachi Brass feat. Chet Baker – A Taste Of Tequila (1965)

FrontCover1A Taste of Tequila is an album by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker and the Mariachi Brass recorded in 1965 and released on the World Pacific label.

From a Chet Baker biography:
Effectively dropped by Richard Carpenter, and evicted from his New York apartment, Chet relocated to Los Angeles, where he teamed up with his old producer, Dick Bock. Bock had sold his faltering World Pacific label to Liberty Records in 1964, but stayed on as a salaried employee to head up the label. The Mariachi Brass was Bock’s attempt to emulate the success of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, whose 1965 recording, ‘Whipped Cream and Other Delights’, went on to sell over six million copies. Their debut album, ‘A Taste of Tequila’, was derided by the jazz press, with Down Beat accusing Baker of “sounding as if he’s on the point of collapse”. It’s no jazz album, certainly, but as easy listening records go, it has its moments. The arrangements, by Jack Nitzsche no less, give the recording a less anemic feel than many of the Tijuana Brass albums, and it’s interesting to note that it received quite warm reviews when it was finally released on CD is 2006. (

Scott Yanow of Allmusic states, “During 1965-1966, he cut six remarkably commercial throwaways for the once viable World Pacific label. A Taste of Tequila was the first, featuring Baker’s unenthusiastic solos on ten poppish tunes while joined by the Mariachi Brass, a rather weak derivative of the Tijuana Brass”.


Alternate frontcover

The Mariachi Brass
Chet Baker (flugelhorn)

Arranged and conducted by Jack Nitzsche


01. Flowers On The Wall (DeWitt) 2.19
02. Tequila (Rio) 2-06
03. Mexico (Bryant) 2.14
04. Cuando Calienta el Sol (Perez) 2-44
05. Hot Toddy (Flanagan/Hendler) 2.12
08. Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa (Bacharach/David) 3-10
09. Speedy Gonzales (Kaye/Lee/Hess) 2.36
10. Come A Little Bit Closer (Boyce/Hart/Farrell) 2.52
11. El Paso (Robbins) 3.10
12. La Bamba (Traditional) 2.15