San Francisco, CA (December 2, 2015)—Led by drummer Brian Andres, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel recently completed a new album with the majority of sessions recorded at San Francisco’s Studio Trilogy with engineer Willie Samuels.
The album, This Could Be That, is the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel’s third recording, scheduled for a January 15th, 2016 release. A continuation of the modern Latin Jazz sound they’ve become known for, it features special guests Alex Acuna, Venissa Santi, John Santos, Louie Romero, Michael Spiro, Calixto Oviedo, Jesus Florido and Brian’s father, Mike Andres.
“Studio Trilogy was recommended to me by producer Greg Landau,” explains bandleader Brian Andres. “He felt that I would benefit from more ‘air’ in this new album and thought recording live as much as possible would be best, as would having the right room sound. Thankfully, Studio Trilogy met all of those needs. From the initial communication with studio manager Cindy McSherry, to the actual lay out of the studio and its amenities, to the exceptional engineering by Willie Samuels and his crew, the experience was awesome.”
The repertoire of the ACJC, which features Grammy Award-winning musicians as well as popular music educators, consists of original compositions as well as original arrangements of classics from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. The group presents both dance and concert performances, as well as educational presentations such as lectures, workshops and instruction focused on the musical instrumentation, composition and arranging of the Afro-Cuban genre.