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Three is a magic number for rumba singer-percussionist Pedrito Martinez. Saturday night at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club, he played an electrifying solo on a trio of bata drums, the goblet-shaped instruments used in Santería rituals. For the rest of the 80-minute performance, Martinez slapped complex, supple Afro-Cuban polyrhythms on three conga drums - one more than most players use.

Yet the Havana-born, New Jersey-based musician was not accompanied by his usual cohort of three. The regular bassist, Alvaro Benavides, and bongo player, Jhair Sala, were on hand. But singer-pianist Ariacne Trujillo couldn't make the show and was replaced by Gonzalo Grau. There was also a fifth musician, Luis Faife, who played tenor and soprano saxophones and occasionally flute. READ THE FULL Washington Post REVIEW.