Three musicians from various areas of jazz have come together to bring a new slant on world music. Percussionist Manolo Badrena of Weather Report, Stanley Turrentine's guitarist Dave Stryker and bassist Andy McKee bring their experiences together to bring world music up a notch as they form the group Trio Mundo and release a CD entitled Carnaval
. All three complement themselves on a release of new material where each member brings their own frame of reference too.
The group should be called Quad Mundo because saxophonist/flutist Steve Slagle brings an important aspect to the group with his contributions in both his playing and the writing of the track Rose
. Stryker works with Slagle in another group that they both colead on . From listening to the music on Carnaval
, it seems that the four work well together and that makes for a memorable mix of Latin sounds that bring the whole experience of being in South America.
For years, Latin music has been pigeonholed into areas that are now too commercialized. Carnaval
brings the true Latin experience back to the listening public and gets music back down to its roots in the new South American experience. Carnaval's
collaboration works and I hope to hear more from Trio Mundo in the near future.