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Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel at Studio Trilogy

Pictured at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco is the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel. Trilogy engineer Willie Samuels is on the far left; bandleader/drummer Brian Andres is third from the right.

Pictured at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco is the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel. Trilogy engineer Willie Samuels is on the far left; bandleader/drummer Brian Andres is third from the right.

San Francisco, CA, November 2015 — San Francisco’s popular Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, led by drummer Brian Andres, has completed their third album, “This Could Be That,” with the majority of sessions recorded at Studio Trilogy with engineer Willie Samuels.

The album is the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel’s third recording, scheduled for a January 15th, 2016 release. A continuation of the hard hitting, modern Latin Jazz sound they’ve become known for, it features special guests Alex Acuna, Venissa Santi, John Santos, Louie Romero, Michael Spiro, Calixto Oviedo, Jesus Florido and Brian’s father, Mike Andres.

Listen to a song preview:

https://soundcloud.com/brian-andres-4/esto-puede-ser-eso-this-could-be-that

“Studio Trilogy was recommended to me by producer Greg Landau,” explains bandleader Brian Andres. “He felt that I would benefit from more ‘air’ in this new album and thought recording live as much as possible would be best, as would having the right room sound.  Thankfully, Studio Trilogy met all of those needs.  From the initial communication with studio manager Cindy McSherry, to the actual lay out of the studio and its amenities, to the exceptional engineering by Willie Samuels and his crew, the experience was awesome.”

The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned as an historic hotbed for Latin Jazz artists. From Cal Tjader to Armando Peraza, John Santos to Wayne Wallace, the Latin jazz tradition has thrived in the Bay Area, and it is from this tradition that The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel emerged. Lead by drummer Brian Andres, the group was formed to contribute its own mark to that storied history.

Featuring Grammy Award-winning musicians, as well as popular music educators, the ACJC repertoire consists of original compositions as well as dynamic original arrangements of classics from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States.  The group presents both dance and concert performances, as well as educational presentations such as lectures, workshops and instruction focused on the musical instrumentation, composition and arranging of the rich Afro-Cuban genre.

Released in 2007, the ACJC’s first album, “Drummer’s Speak,” established the solid reputation of the group. In 2013, the ACJC released its second recording, “San Francisco.”  Focusing on the composing, arranging and performing talent of the SF Bay Area Latin Jazz scene, the recording debuted on the CMJ Jazz Top 40 at number 39. Eventually climbing to number 23, it was met with critical acclaim while staying on the CDBaby Best Selling list for 4 months.

More info: http://www.brianandres.com/afro-cuban-jazz-cartel

 

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Tom Graf Cuts “Smokin’” Jazz Album at Studio Trilogy

Pictured during sessions at Studio Trilogy are (L-R) Ray Obeido, producer; Billy Johnson, drums; David K. Matthews, piano, arrangements; Marc van Wageningen, bass; Tom Graf, composer; and Justin Lieberman, recording engineer.  Photo by David Goggin.

Pictured during sessions at Studio Trilogy are (L-R) Ray Obeido, producer; Billy Johnson, drums; David K. Matthews, piano, arrangements; Marc van Wageningen, bass; Tom Graf, composer; and Justin Lieberman, recording engineer. Photo by David Goggin.

San Francisco, CA, January 2015 – Popular jazz composer Tom Graf has completed his new album “Smokin’” at Studio Trilogy in the heart of San Francisco.  Graf steps out on his own after writing for groups such as Con Funk Shun and Angela Bofill, catchy radio commercials, and music for the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack.  The album was produced by jazz guitarist Ray Obeido, who has worked with Herbie Hancock, Pete Escovedo, and Sheila E, as well as releasing five successful albums on the Wyndham Hill Label.

Graf’s new album is garnering steady national and international airplay.  “This album was a real joy to record at Trilogy,” remarked Graf.  “My solo career started out as a vanity project of jazz tunes that I had written over many years and decided to record.  They were coming out so well that the musicians were saying ‘Hey, you need to release this.’  I said OK, and then started getting great airplay on the jazz stations.”

Graf elaborates on the new album: “David K. Mathews, currently with Santana, arranged the compositions with help from, and overall production by, Ray Obeido.  This is the way smooth jazz used to sound when played by the likes of Freddy Hubbard, Milt Jackson, and Wes Montgomery. The musicians on my album expanded the compositions, added a sense of groove and delivered beautiful improvisations to create music with all of the verve and integrity I imagined from the very beginning.”

Trilogy chief engineer Justin Lieberman commented on the sessions, “I always love working with Ray Obiedo and Tom’s project was no exception.  He assembles the best musicians around and it makes my job super easy.  All of these musicians are so good at controlling and catering their tone for what they are playing that I just follow their lead.”

“We really enjoyed working at Trilogy,” added Graf.  “The vibe is very cool, the facilities are impeccable, and the people are bright and really take care of you. They also have a really fine grand piano.”

Learn more about Tom Graf and “Smokin’”:  http://www.tomgraf.com/

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