Con Tumbao ft. Issac Delgado, Alain Perez, Oscar Hernandez, Pedrito Martinez, Tony Succar, Robby Ameen, Conrad Herwig, Juan Munguia, Mike Rodriguez & Bobby Franceschini
In his new project, Con Tumbao, Cuban singer and songwriter Isaac Delgado brings together an extraordinary band playing a repertory that speaks a familiar language in many accents.
The ensemble features Oscar Hernández, piano; Alain Pérez, bass and vocals; Robby Ameen, drums; Pedrito Martínez, congas and percussion; Tony Succar, timbal; Bobby Franceschini, saxophone; Mike Rodríguez, and Juan Munguía, trumpet; and Conrad Herwig, trombone.
It’s a diverse group with multiple Grammy winners, first-call sidemen, bandleaders, and a MacArthur grant genius. Individually and as a group, their work crisscrosses and connects a universe of traditional and contemporary Latin styles. The goal with Con Tumbao is “to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Issac speaks excitedly about the experiences of Alain Pérez, a frequent collaborator, in flamenco, playing with the late, great Paco de Lucia, and notes the work of trombonist Conrad Herwig with major big bands but also Eddie Palmieri. He calls Pedrito Martinez “a monster, the complete percussionist. He can play all the genres in Afro Cuban music from rumba to religious music,” and talks about Peruvian-born percussionist and arranger Tony Succar, and his knowledge of Peruvian folklore. “Most people don’t know the richness of Afro-Peruvian music,” says Delgado. “They will be surprised.”