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El Trio: Live in Italy - Featuring John Beasley, José Armando Gola & Horacio 'El Negro' Hernández


By Stevie Connor.



Three friends on stage letting the music play them. All three musicians, Beasley, El Negro and Gola, have toured with maestro of Afro-Cuban jazz, Chucho Valdés.


John Beasley GRAMMY® Award winning John Beasley is a prolific & versatile pianist, composer, arranger and recording artist with more than 12 recordings earning 11 GRAMMY nominations and 2 wins for arrangements featured in his “MONK’estra” and “Bird Lives” albums. He began his career with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and has since toured with Chucho Valdés, Dianne Reeves, Steely Dan and a who’s who list in music.

Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández The most recorded drummer from Cuba, El Negro, has been the driving force behind Latin/Latin-fused music. His drumming has propelled the music of Carlos Santana “Supernatural”, Chucho Valdés, Paquito D’Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Alejandro Sanz, Eddie Palmieri and Gary Burton. El Negro won a Grammy for Roy Hargrove’s Cristol “Habana” album.

José Armando Gola Havana native Gola has toured internationally and recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Arturo Sandoval, Alejandro Sanz, Jennifer Lopez, Luis Enrique and many others.


"El Trio is a dream threesome of some of my favorite musicians, all whom have been in my various bands: Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández, one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers in the history of Cuban music and jazz; José Armando Gola, a great double bass player, composer, and an expert in every sense of the word who can adapt to any style; and John Beasley, a genius pianist, keyboardist, orchestrator, innovator, whose imagination takes me to another galaxy. He wrote part of the arrangements for my work “La Creación, which made me so happy.


So, when I heard Negro, Gola and Beasley formed this trio band, I knew it was going to be an ace trinity of incredible improvisational creativity. They each have such a level of imagination, great interplay, and natural talent. El Trio’s sound is organic, contemporary, and supernova. Take a deep listen and see where it takes you." - Chucho Valdés




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