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The Pedrito Trio at The Jazz Standard

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If you like Caribbean-infused Jazz, with lots of percussion, then you might want to check out The Pedrito Martinez Trio (Pedrito Martinez on percussion, Axel Tosca on piano, and Jhon Benites on bass.)

During their set on March 1, 2012 at  The Jazz Standard ( the New York City club beneath the Blue Smoke BBQ restaurant on east 27th Street),  they played four arrangements; Encuentro, (written by Pedrito Martinez), Seis Semanas (by Juan Formell), Ya Grumo (by John Benites), and Descarga Vieques (by John Benites).

Their Caribbean heritages were strongly present throughout.  After the show, I noted to Pedrito the obvious influences of the Cuban-based Buena Vista Social Club. His response — a smile on his face — was short and to the point: "Well, of course." He also informed me that the group on some occasions is all instrumental, while other times had a more represented vocals presence; tonight despite a few vocals, they were an instrumental performance.

The set was livened up by the accompaniment of Mike Rodriguez on trumpet and Steve Turre on trombone.

The group overall was a bit inconsistent.  At times, they meandered a bit, while at other times are so cohesive and infections that their music made me dance in my seat.  Overall, I enjoyed there show.


Brie Austin

Brie is the co-author of "I'd Do It Again," and a free-lance columnist/reporter for a variety of magaines in the areas of music, travel, lifestyle, nightlife, and business.  

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