When I was in New Orleans last winter, I was fortunate to see the wonderful Cuban percussionist Alexey Marti a couple of times: once at Snug Harbor with his own band and another time with Herlin Riley as part of a fundraiser for CubaNOLA at the New Orleans Jazz Market.
His music, playing and personality are wonderful to experience and he deserves all of the success and respect he’s getting.
Check out his band in the WWOZ studios last week. You may recognize Oscar Rossignoli from Extended Trio (see my post on Brad Webb) on piano. He’s a busy guy in New Orleans and plays with many groups.
If you don’t have Alexey’s new album Mundo, do yourself a favor and get it. We have it on quite often in the house while cooking or having friends over.