Grammy Award–winning faculty drummer/composer Mark Walker presents a powerful and intoxicating blend of jazz improvisation with the rhythms and percussion of South America, the Caribbean, and North America. His new group, the Rhythm of the Americas, is a virtual wall of rhythm, sound, and color, and features percussion, Hammond organ, piano, guitar, saxophone, bass, and drums.
Walker formed this group to balance the two sides of music he's been involved in for over two decades: the tradition and folklore of his Caribbean and South American jazz work with Paquito D’Rivera, Caribbean Jazz Project, Andy Narell, Cesar C. Mariano, and Michel Camilo and the expansive world jazz styles of Lyle Mays, Oregon, and Ralph Towner.
At the core of the group Walker and Colombian percussionist Ernesto Diaz. Together they drive the ensemble with passion, groove, and fire. The group also features faculty members and alumni who have become masters of jazz improvisation and rhythm, such as pianist Alain Mallet, guitarist Tim Miller, saxophonist Dan Ian Smith, organist Dave Limina, bassist Andres Rotmistrovsky, and vocalist Aubrey Johnson.
The music is made up of Walker's compositions, including the Grammy-nominated "Deep Six" recorded by Oregon and "What About That!" which was featured on the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet’s Grammy-winning album Funk Tango. Other compositions are featured in Walker’s instructional book World Jazz Drumming (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard).
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