Joining the group as guests on the album will be Steve Gadd and Wynton Marsalis, and John Scofield who delivers a blistering guitar solo on the group's surprising treatment of the Robert Johnson hit, Traveling Riverside Blues."
The Pedrito Martinez Group's eponymous debut (produced by Steve Gadd with Martinez) features powerful lead vocals by Martinez and Trujillo who preside over the group's impossibly-tight percussion-driven arrangements and infectiously uplifting four-part harmonies. While Martinez's stunning percussion and vocal work leads the unit, the exotic sounds of Trujillo's vocals and piano pyrotechnics also bring an important dimension to the group's sound - she is pianist who is equally at home playing 'Cuban Son' as she is playing Jazz, American Pop or European classical music. She is liable to break into flights of fancy in any of these genres to great effect during their shows.
We are very happy to sign the Pedrito Martinez Group in our tenth anniversary year"says Motéma Music president Jana Herzen. They represent everything that Motéma Music is about: breathtaking virtuosity, seamless ensemble work, complete originality and deep spirituality - and you won't find a more heartfelt and uplifting group anywhere on the planet."