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Saturday, 01 October 2011, 04:10 AM

Tom Ehrlich's Pedrito & Santos Photos

Last weekend at the incredible Yerba Buena free concert series, the John Santos Sextet opened for, and then sat in with, the Pedrito Martínez Group. Yerba Buena is trying to increase their Facebook friend list to help in their latest grant project - please follow the link and support this great free concert series.

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Pedrito's group has a completely new and absolutely brilliant approach to timba! It's like a timba conjunto - congas, bongó, piano, bass, and for gigs like this one, they add Román Díaz playing 3 batás, and two  horns. The need for a kick drum is covered by the thumps of the electric bass and a large, miked cajón that Pedrito sits on as he plays congas.

Like Arsenio's or Chappottín's conjuntos, the only metal percussion is the bongosero's bell, so the overall volume level is much lower, allowing the nuances of the exquisite vocal harmonies and hand percussion to come through much more clearly, but without sacrificing any of the intensity. The music and arrangements are pure, creative, original timba - ALL timba - no smorgasbord of danzón, reguetón and chachachá filler tracks - every single song has gear changes, melodic cuerpos, great coros and mambos, funky, song-specific piano tumbaos, world-class lead vocals by Pedrito and Ariacne, and the best 3- and 4-part coros I've heard from any timba band.

Pedrito says they're going into the studio in October. Go see this band at Guantanamera if you're in New York and ask your local clubs to book them - this is the most excited I've been about a new timba band since HdP. [Kevin Moore]

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Friday, 30 September 2011, 07:46 PM

Horns to Havana and Other Good Things

Recordings by Omar Sosa and Maraca Recognized

Item I:  Horns to Havana, the free online extension of Jazztimes magazine, is now carrying an interesting section dedicated to Cuba.  The most recent article by Lee Mergner about the Horns to Havana program, in which jazz artists from up here are going down to the island to donate instruments and do workshops, is an especially interesting read.  The link is  But we mention this for another reason as well.  Those of you working with jazz groups should consider joining the online community if you haven't already done so.  It's another place with a focused jazz audience that you can talk about the group, any recordings etc.   As anyone involved with jazz these days knows, there's no such thing as too much promotion...

Item II:  Omar Sosa's Recordings Recognized

Earlier this year in the Report From Chicago section, we did a piece on Omar Sosa and a capsule review of three of his recent recordings, Afreecanos, Ceremony and Calma.  Since that time, Ceremony won an Echo, a prestigious European jazz award, and Calma has been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Instrumental department. Congratulations Omar.  He's doing a short tour of the US in late October-early November, and we'll have those details soon.  Here's a short video about Ceremony... here to read the full article with Maraca's interview >>

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Friday, 30 September 2011, 07:46 PM

The Music of Calle Real on TV & Film

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Buenas noticas siempre saber que la timba se va integrando en el ámbito popular de los medios emitivos.

Les reporto que los temas "Princesa (Timba)" y "Esperanza" de Calle Real, dos canciones de su primer disco Con Fuerza, aparecerán respectivamente en una pelicula documental sobre la famosa escritora cubana Maité Vera, y en un programa en el canal Showtime de los EE.UU. llamado "Dexter". 

Podrán oír el tema Esperanza en el segundo episodio de la sexta temporada de Dexter (Episode 602) el Domingo, 9 de Octubre. En cuanto al documental de Maité Vera, la pelicula se llama Cuando éramos felices y no lo sabíamos, de la directora alemana Kristina Konrad. Para m;as información escríbele a Welt Film en Berlin.



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Friday, 30 September 2011, 04:58 AM

Maykel Blanco - New DVD

Soy Lo Que Te Hala on Sale Soon!

On the eve of their first US Tour , Maykel Blanco y Salsa Mayor are about to release their first official DVD! Titled "Soy lo que te hala", the DVD was filmed at Teatro Mella in Havana, and Maykel has released a little promo spot. Prepárense para la nueva máquina de Cuba and enjoy!

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