DESCARGA and ALMEIDA GIRL
Three years, over one hundred venues, festivals, shows, clubs,
parties and now their debut album Llanita. Almeida Girl and Descarga
are on an awesome adventure, pushing their music as far as they
The 9-piece band from Manchester have created a new Latin sound.
English and Spanish lyrics intertwine over some seriously heavy
grooves, while the horns fill it all out with blazing riffs, mambos
and solos. You can hear why Jazz FM DJ Mike Chadwick described them
as "at the cutting edge of the British salsa scene".
The band have played sell out shows in music venues and theatres
up and down the country. These included Salford's Lowry theatre, The
Lemon Tree in Aberdeen and to an audience of 1200 people in the Hall
Descarga -featuring Almeida Girl - have developed their
reputation as exciting and live show. On stage, Almeida Girl is one
of those rare performers who can captire audiences hearts and minds
(she is also a damn fine dancer) whilst the band is packed full of
As the new album comes hot off the press Almeida Girl and Descarga
are in the middle of writiing their next album and are currently
planning tours of Ireland and Spain.
The band are:
Almeida Girl - Vocals
Matt Owens - Bass
Underpinning the groove with the low frequencies of his stick
bass, Mr Owens is co-songwriter/arranger and band musical director.
He has also toured the UK with hip hop outfit AIM and is a regular on
the north west's jazz and latin scenes.
Andzrej Baranek - Piano
As well as being one of the most gifted jazz pianists in the
north west, young Baranek can bang out a mean montuno. He also leads
the Andzrej Baranek trio showcasing his own compositions and nimble
be bop fingers.
Rick Weedon - Timbales/Kit
A "force of nature" behind any percussion instrument, Mr Weedon
drives the band with his propulsive timbale playing. Rick is also
member of Inner Sense and has played with the Casa Latina All-stars,
Alma Del Barrio, Mambito and Apitos.
Hugh Lawrence - Congas
Also in the rhythm section engine room is the man with tiny hands
but a HUGE sound - Hugh Lawrence. He's no slouch behind a kit either
and can be found playing with the cream of Manchester's jazz
Atholl Ransome - Tenor Sax/Flute/Soprano
One of the fieriest tenor players around, Atholl can also rip it
up on flute and soprano. He also writes and records for his own band
The Haggis Horns and has been all over the UK and Europe with rock
band Cava Cava. "Play hard, party hard" all the way.
Neil Yates - Trumpet
A phenonminal trumpet player - his solo on Grapevine says it all.
Neil's impressive C.V. includes work with the Brand New Heavies,
Lightning Seeds, Supergrass and Will Young. He is particually proud
to to have played with Kate Rusby and Michael McGoldrick.
Jonny Enright - Trombone
This guy has one of the phattest trombone sounds in the country
and has worked along side salsa heavyweights such as Jimmy Bosch,
Tito Allen, Jack Costanzo, Bobby Matos, Dave Pike and Adalberto
Santiago . Mr Enright has had dance floor success with his own band
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