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Mark Merella

Mark Merella is a musician whose versatility on both drum set and hand percussion has made him an in demand player for live, studio and educational settings. He began his professional career while still in high school playing summers at Wildworld theme park. He then attended Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and graduated in 1984. During his career Mark has worked with a wide variety of artists in the jazz and Latin music fields including Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, Ray Vega, Rene McLean, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Berrios, Paul Carr, Joe Ford, Eva Cassidy and percussion legend Candido Camero

Calling

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: I, Chihuahua; Gazelle; Doom; Lenox Avenue Breakdown; Calling; Liberia; Inner Urge; Of My Choosing; Sympathetic Vibrations; Mystery Guest.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anansi Trio: Calling

Read "Calling" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The Washington, DC based Anansi Trio create a lot of varying sounds with a deceptively simple lineup of reeds, bass and percussion. Their first album, On The Path (Anansi Trio, 2018), established their approach of mixing jazz and world rhythms based around the intricate sound of Mark Merella's combination trap drum and conga setup. This second ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anansi Trio: On The Path

Read "On The Path" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The concept of a sax-bass-drums trio is not a new one, but Washington, DC's Anansi Trio puts a new twist on the idea through Mark Merella playing what he calls a hybrid drum kit, incorporating conga drums, cymbals and parts of a trap drum set. This adds extra measures of bounce and groove to his playing ...

Take Five With the Anansi Trio

Read "Take Five With the Anansi Trio" reviewed by Mark Merella

About Anansi Trio We are a group of like-minded musicians drawing from a wide range of musical influences. Using the language of jazz as our starting point, we use elements of Afro-Cuban and Indian music as well as other global traditions. With a diverse rhythmic approach and a focus on improvisation, we hope to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Anansi Trio Releases "On The Path" - Cover Music By John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Ornette Coleman, and Arthur Blythe

Anansi Trio Releases "On The Path" - Cover Music By John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Ornette Coleman, and Arthur Blythe

The Anansi Trio is a group of like-minded musicians drawing from a wide range of musical influences. Using the language of jazz as their starting point they also fuse elements of Afro-Cuban and Indian music as well as other global traditions. Using percussion, saxophones and acoustic bass they create a music that’s unique and experimental yet ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

On The Road with The Flamingos

Read "On The Road with The Flamingos" reviewed by Mark Merella

It was my first road gig. I'd done some casuals in L.A., played at the local theme park for a high school summer job, but this would be my first taste of the road. I'd just got back from the West Coast after the blues of L.A. made me pack up my yellow Datsun and make ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Steve Berrios: Latin Jazz Innovator

Read "Steve Berrios: Latin Jazz Innovator" reviewed by Mark Merella

Steve Berrios is an innovative drummer/percussionist well-known to aficionados of Latin jazz. His groundbreaking work with Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, numerous sessions as a sideman, as well as his two solo albums--First World (Milestone, 1995) and the Grammy-nominated And Then Some (Milestone, 1996)--show a body of work that is a unique amalgam of ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

On Drumming and Boxing

Read "On Drumming and Boxing" reviewed by Mark Merella

Drumming and boxing are traditions that on the surface may seem unrelated but with further inspection share qualities both primal and sublime. Each can be traced to the beginnings of civilization, boxing being one of the first Olympic games and the drum being the first musical instrument fashioned by human hands. Comparisons can be traced to ...


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