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Pedrito Martinez Group set for New Mexico Jazz Festival / Albuquerque Journal

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Cuban-American percussionist Pedrito Martinez lives in New York City, but he returned to his musical roots to record his newest album - Habana Dreams."I have never had a problem traveling freely back and forth to Cuba," Martinez wrote in an email. The difference is that since President Obama has improved relations with Cuba, it made it possible for Martinez to record there.

"We recorded at a legendary studio not far from where I grew up called Egrem. Lots of historic projects were done there, including Buena Vista Social Club," Martinez said in the email. A master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music, he composed five of the cuts on the album including the title song. Martinez and his group will be in concert tonight at the Outpost Performance Space. The concert is part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival.

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