According to George Duke, what he loves about this group is its spirit of freedom creating music for music’s sake.Mundo Rides Again
begins with a peppy beat infused with Manolo’s vocals.Dave Stryker takes several twists and turns on guitar, with drums backing him. A Latin feel carries through this title track.Cameroun
allows the sweet alto sax plenty of room, as the group creates a Caribbean beat.
Coming back with a tribute to the Greenwich village nightclub, Sweet Rhythm
is a little more urban with Steve Slagle’s sax reaching high and low peaks backed by spunked-up drums of Manolo.
Stryker and Manolo both play guitars on the beautiful Pinarena,
about a girl from the Island off Pinar del Rio. Soft vocals tell the story of the island.
Sounding like tin pans, Africano
. shows off the inspiration of this energetic, imaginative group of musicians. Stryker strikes out on guitar with some deep grooves and stellar moments of bliss.
Bassist, Andy McKee created Dream Maurice
and Hot IceDream Maurice
begins with a slow, smooth soprano sax peaking and ebbing to a soft bass backing. Hot Ice
spunks up the beat, letting the bass stand out, while Manolo does a soft brush on drums until infused with sultry sax.
Closing out with Shanti,
Trio Mundo brings a soft, smooth cool feel to the front with sultry sax, smooth drum backing and gentle guitar rolls until Slagle begins flute influx and the beat picks up, finishing with satisfaction.
This album is creative, moving as are the artists who developed it mixing a Latin, Caribbean, and African beat in a world music style composition.