Embodying the intimacy of a jazz trio and the hypnotic energy of Afro-Latin rhythms, the Paul Carlo Trio began as that rarest of bird’s in today’s music world, an innovative improvisational group with a weekly gig.
Inspired by Sonny Rollins’ pioneering chord less trio work, veteran NYC saxophonist Carlon formed the group in the winter of 2015, when he was asked to put together a trio for a regular Saturday brunch gig at Papasito restaurant in Upper Manhattan.
Transferring the Rollins concept to a Latin format, Carlon decided to invite some friends to complete the lineup, and let their creativity take them wherever it could. Grammy -nominated conguero Wilson “Chembo” Corniel and young lion Alex Ayala got the call, and the group developed a loyal following.
For a year and a half they entertained the Saturday afternoon crowds at Papasito with their sabor and knowledge of Latin standards and traditions, performing (and singing) classic songs as well as developing their own original material. In the process, the Trio put together a sound that is grounded, forward-looking and unique.
Praise for Paul Carlon’s La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing: “Mr. Carlon’s treatment is the best kind of fresh take on classic material, rendered with a perfect balance of adoration and irreverence that never misses the mark.” Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal
Track Listing: Mambo Influenciado, Mr. Lenguaje, Mami Me Gusto, Rumba Waimea, Afro American, Nobleza, Churrasco con Eggs, Segment, Tocoloro.
Personnel: Paul Carlon, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, Alex Ayala. Special guests: Benjamin Lapidus on tres, Jorge Maldonado on vocals, and Christelle Durandy on vocals.