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“El Trio is a dream threesome of some of my favorite musicians, all whom have been in my various bands: Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández, one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers in the history of Cuban music and jazz; José Armando Gola, a great double bass player, composer, and an expert in every sense of the word who can adapt to any style; and John Beasley, a genius pianist, keyboardist, orchestrator, innovator, whose imagination takes me to another galaxy. He wrote part of the arrangements for my work “La Creación, which made me so happy.
So, when I heard Negro, Gola and Beasley formed this trio band, I knew it was going to be an ace trinity of incredible improvisational creativity. They each have such a level of imagination, great interplay, and natural talent. El Trio’s sound is organic, contemporary, and supernova. Take a deep listen and see where it takes you.”
– Chucho Valdés
ABOUT EL TRIO
Three friends on stage letting the music play them.
GRAMMY® Award winning John Beasley is a prolific & versatile pianist, composer, arranger and recording artist with more than 12 recordings earning 11 GRAMMY nominations and 2 wins for arrangements featured in his “MONK’estra” and “Bird Lives” albums. He began his career with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and has since toured with Chucho Valdés, Dianne Reeves, Steely Dan and a who’s who list in music.
HORACIO ‘EL NEGRO’ HERNÁNDEZ
The most recorded drummer from Cuba, El Negro, has been the driving force behind Latin/Latin-fused music. His drumming has propelled the music of Carlos Santana “Supernatural”, Chucho Valdés, Paquito D’Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Alejandro Sanz, Eddie Palmieri and Gary Burton. El Negro won a Grammy for Roy Hargrove’s Cristol “Habana” album.
(For more biographical information: pearldrum.com/eu/artist/horacio-hernandez)
JOSÉ ARMANDO GOLA
Havana native Gola has toured internationally and recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Arturo Sandoval, Alejandro Sanz, Jennifer Lopez, Luis Enrique and many others.
All three musicians, Beasley, El Negro and Gola, have toured with maestro of Afro-Cuban jazz, Chucho Valdés.
(For more biographical information: markbass.it/artist/jose-armando-gola/)
John Beasley – Keyboard
Horacio El Negro Hernández – Drums
José Armando Gola – Bass
1 PRELUDIO DI TRIO – 2:33
John Beasley, José Gola, Horacio Hernández
2 3 FOR AFRICA – 7:42
John Beasley, Robby Ameen, Horacio Hernández
3 EN 4 – 7:13
John Beasley, Horacio Hernández
4 ELEGANT PEOPLE – 8:54
5 SONG FOR DUB – 6:06
6 SIERRA – 10:03
7 BASS SOLO INTERLUDE – 2:51
8 TIMBEANDO – 7:57
9 CAMINO DE MANGO – 5:08
10 ARROZ CON MANGO – 7:45
John Beasley, Yosvany Terry, Horacio Hernández