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Pablo Menendez & Mezcla

”Funky.... Ebullient.... Hot!” —The New York Times

Mezcla Cuban All Stars, under the direction of Pablo Menendez, has been a part of the sound-track of the Cuban music scene for the past twenty-five years. A jazz ensemble fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms with yoruba, salsa and rock, Mezcla's music is a genuine celebration of the culture and musical roots of the Pearl of the Antilles. A ray of Havana sunshine that inspired Carlos Santana to call them “the cleanest, freshest water I have ever tasted!” Their latest CD, “I'll See You in C-U-B-A,” (ZOHO), was nominated for the Best of Latin Jazz Awards 2010 as were several of the group's soloists, and their CD “Akimba!,” was nominated for a Latin Grammy

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”Funky.... Ebullient.... Hot!” The New York Times

“Pablo Menendez is not your average everyday Afro-Caribbean or Latin jazz musician. His vision of this music stretches back to traditional jazz and show tunes and up to electric urban blues, modern post-bop, Cuban or Puerto Rican music, and contemporary neo-bop spawned in the 1970s. As a guitarist he is strong individually in these varied styles or disciplines, but as a bandleader he stretches out even further, taking his Mezcla ensemble into these disciplines of jazz and music both beyond and including Latin sensibilities.” Michael G

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Albums

Pure Mezcla: Direct from Cuba – Live at Yoshi’s Oakland
Pure Mezcla: Direct...
Tilford Productions
2015
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I'll See You In Cuba
I'll See You In Cuba
Zoho Music
2010
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Akimba!
Akimba!
Khaeon World Music
2002
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