Bassist Al Criado was born in Havana, Cuba and started playing professionally in Chicago, Ill. at the age of nineteen. He moved to Los Angeles in 1978 where he lived for twelve years, and is presently residing in the Pacific Northwest since 1989. Accomplished in both fretted and fretless electric basses, Mr. Criado is well versed in all styles of the instrument, intimately immersed in Jazz, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, and African repertoires. Al has worked with such luminaries as:
Alex Acuña; Obbo Addi; Justo Almario; Susan Anton; Baked Potato House Band (Quest); Marty Ballin; Justo Betancourt; Baya; Mel Brown; Jimmy Buffet; John JB Butler; George Cables; Don Cherry; Dihan Carroll; Linda Clifford; Norman Connors; Luis Conte; Rita Coolidge; Mayuto Correa; Sammy Davis Jr.; Dariush; The Drifters; The Emotions; The Fifth Dimension; Faramaz Aseff; Brandon Fields; Steve Freyette; Foday Musa Susso; Chico Freeman; Frank Gambale; David Garfield; Dizzy Gillespie; David Goldblatt; Tom Grant; Robert Grennidge; Jasmine Guy; Eddie Harris; Tootie Heath; Michael Henderson; Joe Heredia; Gary Hobbs; “Stix” Hooper; Bruce Hornsby; Thelma Houston; Linda Hopkins; Linda Hornbuckle; Shirley Jones; The Jones Girls; Andrei Kitaev; Eartha Kitt; L.A. Despers; Patrick Lamb; Bill Laswell; Debra Laws; Eloise Laws; Ronnie Laws; Charles Lloyd; Macaw; Dean Martin; Pat Martino; Bennie Maupin; Mandingo Griot Society; Larry J. McNally; Pablo Menendez & Mezcla; Munyungo Jackson; Nu-Shooz;Toshi Onizuka; Devin Phillips; Peter Piazza; Luciana Proaño; Don Randi; Lou Rawls; Della Reese; Dianne Reeves; Poncho Sanchez; Rena Scott; Bobby Rodriguez; The Shirelles; Nancy Sinatra; Srunz and Farah; Bill Summers; Sylvester; Jep Tatoo; Tolu; Steve Tavaglione; Mel Tillis; Bobby Torres; Phil Upchurch; Steve Vai; Dave Valdez; Dave Valentin, Jimmy Witherspoon.