"Manolo Badrena is simply a great musician with a rare creative gift" - Joe Zawinul
TRIO MUNDO is an exciting new collaboration between percussionist Manolo Badrena, guitarist Dave Stryker and bassist Andy McKee. The music is an organic mixture of these musicians' diverse influences, combining Jazz with Latin and World Music.
Puerto Rican born percussionist Manolo Badrena is best known for his work with Weather Report, recording their platinum-selling album Heavy Weather, which included the mega-hit Birdland". Manolo's unique sounds have been captured on over 100 recordings, and he has performed with Spyro Gyra, Michael Franks, Ahmad Jamal, and Steve Kahn's Eyewitness. Currently he plays with Joe Zawinul collaborating on the Syndicate's Grammy nominated CD, World Tour. With TRIO MUNDO, Manolo's incredible spirit is brought to the foreground, with his one-of-a-kind percussion, drumming, singing, guitar playing and composing.
Guitarist Dave Stryker has 15 CD's as a leader as well as sideman experience with saxophone legend Stanley Turrentine, with whom he shared the stage and recordings for over 10 years. He also has worked in the bands of Jack McDuff, Kevin Mahogany, Eliane Elias, Javon Jackson and co-leads a group with saxophonist Steve Slagle. Steve is a special guest on TRIO MUNDO'S recording, adding his distinct style on flute, wooden flute, and soprano sax.
Bassist Andy McKee not only records as a leader, but is a much in-demand sideman with some of the biggest names in jazz. Elvin Jones, Michel Petrucciani, The Mingus Big Band, Hank Jones, Don Cherry and many others have utilized his dynamic and inventive approach to the acoustic bass.
Together these distinctive players have come together in TRIO MUNDO, celebrating the joy of music.
Please check out the artists' websites at:
KHAEON World Music, Inc.
431 Saw Mill River Road
Millwood, NY 10546
Please visit us at www.khaeonworldmusic.com.
Though I've been familiar with the tremendous playing of Dave Stryker for some years now, I was actually made aware of TRIO MUNDO, and its first recording, via a phone conversation with my dear friend and longtime musical associate, Manolo Badrena. During that phone call, it was obvious that Manolo was really excited about the recent recording of the group. Even over the phone, with its audio limitations, I was struck by the Ďfeeling' that Manolo's songwriting and vocal style communicated. I knew that this recording had captured something very special, and I was really happy for Manolo, and for Dave and Andy as well. Perhaps a week later, Dave was kind enough to send me a copy of the full CD. Right from the opening notes of Carneval," the great spirit of this group comes shining through. As I have a most personal connection to Manolo, through our years of working together as part of Eyewitness, I know just what that Ďspirit' is, and just how difficult it can be to find the right setting for it. But this setting, TRIO MUNDO, is really perfect for so many of Manolo's talents. Talents, which are still unknown to most, even those with whom he has worked regularly. It's a tribute to the good judgment of Dave Stryker that he sensed this too and created this wonderful format to house Manolo's talents as well as his own as a very special guitarist and composer.
For me, as a listener, the music of is born of a pure spirit, of a joy in music making. I believe that the best music comes from individuals working together as a group. Such is clearly the case here. I would only ask that you, the listener, settle in, make the commitment of time to spend with this wonderful recording and simply enjoy the music. Just because it is so clearly listenable does not mean that this music is without depth, intensity, and creativity. It's all there and you don't have to look far to find it. As it was with my experience, I know that you are going to feel better about many things in life once you've listened.
March 14th, 2002