Trio Mundo Featuring: Dave Stryker (guitar) & Andy McKee(bass), Manola Badrena (percussion, drums, and vocals), Special guest: Steve Slagle (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone/flute).
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Celebrating the release of thier new CD Trio Mundo Rides Again ZOHO ZM 200410
Manolo Badrena is simply a great musician with a rare creative gift - Joe Zawinul
What I love about this group is its' spirit of freedom. This is music for music's sake, and that's the way music should be created - I salute you guys!! - George Duke Two years after Trio Mundo's first release Carnaval, we Ride Again" with this new Zoho recording. This project was conceived to feature the incredible spirit and rhythms of the one-and-only Manolo Badrena, and since that time two years ago, we have continued to work as a band around New York and in Europe. We recorded this new CD in February 2004, after playing a weekend at Sweet Rhythm, the famous jazz club in Greenwich Village, in New York City. Along with Andy McKee on bass, we were joined by our special guest - the fourth member of our trio - Steve Slagle on sax and flute.
This time out, Manolo makes his recorded debut on drum set, as well as his incredible arsenal of percussion, nylon-string guitar, and vocals. We feel that this CD is an even better document of Trio Mundo as a real working band, with all original tracks recorded live in the studio and everyone contributing songs this time around. Listening to this music, I think we captured some of the joy and fun of Trio Mundo led by Manolo?s infectious grooves, sounds, vocals, and crazy energy. It's fun to go to 'Manoloworld'! Dave Stryker
Percussionist Manolo Badrena is best known for his collaborations with Joe Zawinul, first in Weather Report ("Birdland"/"Heavy Weather"), and as a member of the Zawinul Syndicate for the last several years. His unique sounds have been heard on over 100 recordings, including Ahmad Jamal, Michael Franks, Spyro Gyra, and Steve Khan.
Guitarist Dave Stryker has recorded 15 CD's as a leader, and was Stanley Turrentine's guitarist for 13 years. As a sideman, he has played on over 30 albums and worked with Jack McDuff, Kevin Mahogany and Eliane Elias.
Bassist Andy McKee records as a leader as well as a sideman with The Mingus Big Band, Hank Jones, and Don Cherry. Drummers Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, and Idris Muhammed, and pianist Michel Petrucciani have all used Andy in their bands.
Saxophonist Steve Slagle co-leads The Stryker / Slagle Band, has released 10 CD's as a leader, and has played with Milton Nascimento, Ray Barretto, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, The Mingus Big Band and Joe Lovano.
Mixing jazz with Latin and world music only starts to describe the power and vision of Trio Mundo. Joined by Jazz heavyweights, guitarist Dave Stryker and bassist Andy McKee, Manolo Badrena's incredible sense of producing rhythms, singing and composing places him in the forefront of this groundbreaking ensemble." - Latin Beat Magazine
Any time Manolo Badrena applies hands to drums and mind to music some kind of magic is bound to occur. This world-jazz album travels lightly and packs a punch." Joseph Woodard, Jazz Times Magazine
Stryker fans will again be amazed at how this criminally neglected guitarist just seems to keep reinventing himself." - Chris Hovan, All About Jazz