JAZZ 2K EXTRA: Pedrito Martinez Group’s “Live at Guantanamera”

November 8th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg

Review by J Hunter

Pedrito Martinez Group (featuring Ariacne Trujillo)
Live at Guantanamera
(Pedrito Martinez/Rolling Fork Music)

There are multiple reasons why it’s a good thing A Place For Jazz is closing its 2012 schedule on Friday (November 9) with a performance by New York City’s own Pedrito Martinez Group – not the least of which is that the Cuban conguero’s show at Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival in September was painfully shortened by a nasty thunderstorm that closed down the rest of the fest. (Note to APFJ: Any way you’d consider booking Riverfront rain-out casualty Delfeayo Marsalis next year? Just a thought…)

If your plans were to head over to Whisperdome in Schenectady (or if you’re willing to circular-file whatever plans you did have), wear comfortable shoes and layers you can lose in a hurry, because a Martinez Group gig ain’t nuthin’ but a dance party. We saw that (briefly) at Riverfront, and twice in two years at the Freihofer Jazz Festival’s Gazebo stage. (Throw in an appearance at Mountain Jam earlier this year, and Martinez could be named an honorary member of the Greater Nippertown music community.)

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