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
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.
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 (saxophone, flute and clarinet)|
Ron Trent (deejay, drum programming).
Related links: Six Degrees Records
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
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|
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