Brass Roots is the most
streamlined mambo band you'll ever hear: it builds an exciting, catchy,
danceable sound around two trombones and percussion, with touches of trumpet,
sax and flute. You won't believe the full sound this "chamber mambo"
band creates. Brass Roots does for Cuban mambo what the Tijuana Brass did for
Mexican mariachi music in the 1960's: takes the most distinctive and hooky
elements and skillfully presents them with familiar classical and Latino
melodies, delivering the music with a crisp sound that reflects a pop
sensibility. It is mambo for people who love mambo - and for those who usually
don't listen to mambo at all.
"Mondongo" Messbauer has been one of the top musicians on the New
England Latin music scene for 15 years. His idiomatic writing and commanding
sound are legendary.
Trombonist Russell Jewell hails
from the home of the blues, Chicago, and first made his name in Boston during a
nine-year stint with the Either/Orchestra, appearing on six albums. A
long-standing presence in the Latin scene, he now appears with soul great
Mighty Sam McClain.
Percussionist Ana Norgaard is a
rising star from Venezuela, who has appeared with such major musicians such as
Giovanni Hidalgo, Victor Mendoza, and Eddie Palmieri, lays down a powerful
groove that belies her 25 years.
Scott Aruda, trumpeter with blues
diva Toni Lynn Washington, and sax/flutist Tim Mayer are top-call players in
Boston, and clearly have a great time playing Mondongo's dazzling arrangements.