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JazzTimes: Concert Review: Chucho, Pedrito & Wynton @ JALC

September 24, 2014

Martinez’s voice is a glorious instrument. It’s soothing and soulful and you never have to strain to hear it; it’s always out front and on top. One special moment found Martinez singing over the female vocalists’ backgrounds.

NY Times: “Vocabulary Renewed, a Dialogue Continues”

September 20, 2014

When Mr. Martinez opened his mouth to sing — in the invocations for each part of the suite, and in the musical discussions that followed with chorus singers and the orchestra — no context was needed to understand the power of his voice slicing through a mass of sound, his phrasing intricately weaving through the rhythmic accents.

Review of PMG at Belleayre Festival 08.08.14

August 27, 2014

Commentary by Kitty Montgomery

The rebook of the Pedrito Martinez Quartet for Hot Latin Nights II was a first for any group in Mel’s Belleayre Jazz Series; they were that steamin’ in their debut show here last season . Since then, the band’s career has rocketed, driven by their relentless Cuba hand drum phenom, not to mention the rest of the group – Ariacne Trujillo, keys; Alvaro Benevides, bass; Jhair Sala bongos, cowbells. Everybody joins in vocals. Their quartet played Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club on New Years Eve, last winter, sending 2014 off in a fusion that carried like a comet ride. They’re still out in orbit.

Downbeat Magazine “The 80 Coolest Things in Jazz Today”

August 15, 2014

View Pedrito in the Downbeat issue at the following link: http://pedritomartinezmusic.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DB1407.pdf

Agúzate Reviews: Pedrito Martínez by Don Macica

August 15, 2014

I have to admit, I have a little bit of a bias against anything billed as “the next big thing”. Whenever I start hearing a lot about a new artist on the scene, I tend to think of it as a sort of group think phenomenon – “OK, everybody, let’s get on the bandwagon so we appear hip and in the know.”

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