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Pedrito Martinez Group

New York City's Pedrito Martinez Group drops their debut studio album.

This charismatic group -  a veritable 'Latino Fab Four' - who met and started playing together at the Guantanamera Restaurant in New York City five years ago, is led by the much in-demand Cuban percussion wizard Pedrito Martinez. Pedrito has performed on over 100 recordings, including Eddie Palmieri and Bryan Lynch's 2010 Grammy®-winner Sympatico; was a member of the Grammy®-nominated fusion band Yerba Buena; and has played with greats such as Sting, Paul Simon and Wynton Marsalis. Joining the group as guests on the album are Marsalis, Steve Gadd and John Scofield who delivers a blistering guitar solo on the group's surprising treatment of the Robert Johnson hit, "Travelling Riverside Blues."

See a trailer for the album here:

Co-featured in the Pedrito Martinez group, which melds Afro-Cuban music with influences from funk, blues and soul music, is the sensational Cuban pianist and vocalist Ariacne Trujillo, who has worked with Paquito D'Rivera, and Paul Simon.  No less important to the group's infectiously addictive chemistry is Martinez' long time percussion collaborator, Jhair Sala, originally from Lima, Peru; and electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela.

To see how it all began, check out clips of the Pedrito Martinez Group performing at Guantanamera Restaurant:

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