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A Caribbean Thing

by Trombeatz

"Trombeatz" is redefining what "Latin Jazz" is considered to be in the 21st century.
Genre: Latin: Afro-Cuban
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1. Bomba Indiscreta
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2. Something New
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3. Guanajuato
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4. A Viva Voz
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5. M3
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The members of Trombeatz are all professional artists, but above all else, they are friends, whose only interest is to create and disseminate music.

Trombonist Hommy Ramos, who also serves as the ensemble’s musical director, began forming the initial incarnation of Trombeatz in 2005.

Nelson Bello is the band’s primary percussionist and conga player. Ramos and Bello met while working together in different “Latin” bands during Ramos’ studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. At that time, neither man knew that a common thread between them was their shared connection to both pianist Zaccai Curtis and bassist Luques Curtis, better known to many as The Curtis Brothers, and core creators of what is now Truth Revolution Recording Collective. According to Hommy, “Nelson is a friend and my right hand man, who is in charge of representing ‘Trombeatz’, in addition to his excellent work as a percussionist.”

Joel Mateo is a Puerto Rican drummer based in New York City. Ramos and Mateo have performed together with several artists of great caliber, in addition to shared appearances on recordings with Truth Revolution Recording Collective Artists over the years.

Vibraphonist Felipe Fournier is from Costa Rica, while bassist Alex “Apolo” Ayala hails from Puerto Rico. Hommy Ramos had the pleasure of discovering them while teaching at The Puerto Rico Music Conservatory. He immediately recognized their respective skills as musicians. Years later, these men made the move to New York City, and became an integral part of the Trombeatz family.

“A Caribbean Thing – Trombeatz” Track Information, as written by trombonist and “front man” Hommy Ramos

1-) “Bomba Indiscreta”
The “bomba” is an indigenous rhythm of Puerto Rico. In our colonial political condition, the powers that be have tried to eradicate the “bomba”. This national music is one of the most affected musical styles in my country. In my commitment, as a Puerto Rican composer, I always said that I would create compositions using my national rhythms. “Bomba Indiscreta” is my tribute to one of the most important rhythms of Puerto Rico, with invited guest artists such as Camilo Molina Gaetan (“bomba” barrels), and my teacher and musical inspiration Angel "Papo" Vazquez (trombone).

2-) “Something New”
This composition is in honor to the composers of “Latin Jazz” in the 1990s, including pianist Hilton Ruiz, trombonist Juan Pablo Torres, trumpeter, flugelhornist and percussionist Jerry Gonzalez and the like thereof, all of whom were big influences in my musical development. The 1990s were a time when “Latin Jazz” had a large viewer or listenership worldwide. My godfather, “Cotto”, is a fan of “Latin Jazz”, and was the first person who introduced me to this musical style with a record by the ICONIC percussionist, Mongo Santamaría. The rest is history. In this composition, I thank the accompaniment of fellow musicians Mario Castro (tenor saxophone) and Dan Martinez (bass).

3-) “Guanajuato”
“Guanajuato” is a “bolero-jazz” tune composed by Costa Rican vibraphonist Felipe Fournier. The piece is inspired by the colonial landscape, castles and the “Callejon del Beso” in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico.

4-) “A Viva Voz”
“A Viva Voz” is a catchphrase, telling the public to listen without any reservations. This theme was composed to show the listeners the sacrifice of many years of hard work, and the formation of what is now “Trombeatz Music”, as well as its first musical production, “A Caribbean Thing”. This track features special guest trumpet player Juan Jose "Cheito" Quinones. “A Viva Voz” is a short, but direct composition, with the intention of letting the listener know that “Trombeatz” is in the building.

5-) “M3”
This composition was created when I lived in Puerto Rico. The public transportation system (“guagua publica”) that is used to travel around San Juan is called the M3. Once, while using this mode of transportation, an exchange of words occurred between the passengers and the driver, due to his particular driving style. While this occurred, I sang the melody without stopping, so as to not forget. Basically, in my mind, I created music for this particular event. As a result, this melody became “M3”. Guest participation in this tune consists of Puerto Rican musicians: Mario Castro (saxophone) and, a man who is arguably one of the best percussionists in the world, Anthony Carrillo (bongos).

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