The Pedrito Martinez Group follows up their GRAMMY-nominated debut Pedrito Martinez Group (2013) with the release of `Habana Dreams`(2016) , pushing forward the group`s cutting-edge sound with some of the biggest names in Latin music - Rubén Blades, Descemer Bueno, and Issac Delgado. Recorded in both Cuba and New York, the album marks the homecoming of Cuban-born conguero and rumbero Pedrito Martinez, and a return to his Afro-Cuban roots. With magnetic personality and dynamic musicianship, the group showcases its impressive range, from contemplative ballads to electrifying rumbas, while remaining irresistibly danceable throughout.
1. Mi Tempestad (feat. Wynton Marsalis, Telmary Díaz)
2. Compa Galletano (feat. Rubén Blades)
3. Dios Mio (feat. Descemer Bueno)
4. Recuerdos (feat. Román Díaz)
5. Encantamiento Yoruba (feat. Román Díaz)
6. Tributo a Santiago de Cuba (feat. Angélique Kidjo)
7. Antadilla (feat. Wynton Marsalis)
8. Tuve una Revelación
9. Habana Dreams (feat. Issac Delgado)
This groundbreaking album is a sign of the times and captures the group’s homecoming to Cuba. Ten years ago, Martínez founded his explosive quartet; Alvaro Benavides on Bass, Jhair Sala on percussion, and their newest member, Edgar Aleman-Pantoja, who recently replaced Ariacne Trujillo, on the keys. Martínez is the lead vocalist, percussionist and most radiant front man. Their tight sound comes from countless performances through their musical residences in New York City, first Guantanamera restaurant and now at Blue Note jazz club Subrosa.
Born Pedro Pablo Martínez in Cayo Hueso, an area in Central Havana, Martinez, 42, began to sing and dance alongside some of Cuba’s most respected rumberos, including Tata Guines and Yoruba Andabo when he was 11 years old. At 25, Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett invited him to tour with her group, Spirit of Havana, which led him to New York City, where he chose to stay indefinitely.
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, September 12, 1973. He began his musical career at the age of 11 performing as vocalist and percussionist with Cuban legends Tata Guines and Yoruba Andabo.
Since settling in New York City in the fall of 1998, Pedrito has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, and has contributed to over 75 albums.
Honors Pedrito has received include Thelonious Monk Award (2000); Jazz Journalists Association “Percussionist of the Year” (2014 and 2015); and Downbeat’s one of the “80 Coolest Things in Jazz Today” (2014).
Pedrito was a founding member of the Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena. The Pedrito Martinez Group was formed in 2005 with fans that include Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Wynton Marsalis, and Quincy Jones.
The Pedrito Martinez Group (Motema Music), PMG’s Grammy-nominated, first studio album, was released October, 2013 and was among NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013. Habana Dreams, the group’s second album, will be released June 10, 2016, on Motema Music. Guests include, Ruben Blades, Issac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Descemer Bueno, Roman Diaz, Angelique Kidjo, and Telmary Diaz.
“The Pedrito Martinez Group is writing a new chapter in Cuban music history” - NPR`s All Things Considered
“Pedrito is a genius…working with him has been a revelation to me.” - Wynton Marsalis
“The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. [Pedrito] had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!" - Quincy Jones
“An incomparable performer." - The New York Times
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