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Trio Mundo: Rides Again

Read "Rides Again" reviewed by John Kelman


Trio Mundo reconvenes following its '02 release, Carnaval , and this time reedman Steve Slagle, a guest on that recording and collaborator with guitarist Dave Stryker in the Stryker/Slagle Band, is more of a full-fledged member, performing on almost all tracks and contributing one composition to the programme of original compositions by Stryker, bassist Andy McKee and percussionist/vocalist Manolo Badrena. Trio Mundo Rides Again is a captivating album that moves Latin music into the 21st century with complete verve and ...

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Trio Mundo: Carnaval

Read "Carnaval" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Manolo Badrena, with gringos...

Carnaval is a rich and spicy dish, sporting all of the piquant passion and sense of humor of the Latin character. Trio Mundo, AKA Manolo Badrena, Andy McKee, and Dave Stryker, creates a simple recipe for swaying samba. Stryker, better known for his guitar—organ trio work, shows off the Spanish tattoo drawn on his soul. He manifests it in his mix of electric over acoustic guitars, affording a deep and rich harmonic well over which Badrena ...

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Trio Mundo: Carnaval

Read "Carnaval" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


As far back as the ‘40s and ‘50s, musicians such as Machito and Dizzy Gillespie were developing a fusion of Latin and jazz sensibilities that seemed perfectly natural and ever since the two genres have been perfectly happy bedfellows. But it really all comes down to the rhythmic momentum of the percussion, which mixes so seductively with jazz music’s complex harmonic framework. It’s precisely that kind of vitality that infuses the colorful performances of Trio Mundo, a threesome that features ...

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Trio Mundo: Carnaval

Read "Carnaval" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Based upon the musicians who are involved with this project, one might expect something fresh, vibrant, and jubilant. Nonetheless, the trio along with special guest, multi-reedman Steve Slagle substantiated my suspicions. Percussionist Manolo Badrena, who has recorded and performed with Weather Report, Steve Khan, and others, propels this Latin tinged band through a series of memorably melodic pieces. The criminally under-recognized jazz guitarist Dave Stryker injects fluid progressions and peppery single note leads into a set also featuring first call ...


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