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  •  BAND: BATIDOS

      Batidos
    Great shakes

    Batidos, named after a favorite frothy Cuban beverage, is a two-man musical malted blending jazz, soul, Latin, disco and African sounds.

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com


    Batidos are those muy delicioso Cuban milkshakes that can be found in the Latino diners along upper Broadway. Batidos is also the name musicans Jay Rodriguez and Ron Trent collectively perform under, with results that are aurally flavorsome as well.

    BATIDOS
    Jay Rodriguez (saxophone, flute and clarinet)
    Ron Trent (deejay, drum programming).

    Related links: Six Degrees Records
      
    On their recently released CD, "Olajope," Batidos concoct a multihued panorama of sound with vibrant flecks of jazz, soul, Latin, disco and West African Yoruba running through it. The young men behind Batidos sport impresssive musical resumes.

    Jay Rodriguez plays saxophone, flute and clarinet and is one of the core members of Groove Collective, the jazzy/soulful jam band that's been showing clubgoers how to get their groove on for years. Rodriguez has been a sought-after sideman, playing with the likes of Prince (on The Black Album) and the late Tito Puente.

    Trent's in charge of DJing and drum programming and has been a key player in the house-music scene of his native Chicago, where he released his first record when he was just fifteen.

    This show will be Batidos' live debut and will feature some impressive players. Expected to appear are Giant Step luminary Nickodemus on the turntables, Latin percussion specialist Eddie Bobe, and special guest and MC, writer/poet Dana Bryant. Bring your dancing shoes and perhaps a straw.

    NOVEMBER 29, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


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