For years, Pete Siers has wanted to follow in the footsteps of master percussionists j.C. Heard and Roy Brooks by collaborating one-on-one with Mr. B. Flea Circus is their stroll through the endlessly rewarding gardens of our traditional culture. Everything that grows here is nourished and sustained by the honesty born of lessons learned from life in the real world.
Subsequent Flea Circus albums feature Luca Filastro (Vol. 2) and Carl Sonny Leyland (Vol. 3).
Holding traditional jazz deep in their hearts, these musicians have a deep passion for the early formation of jazz in all of its aspects: culture, structure, improvisation, and virtuosity. Pete brings with him a stellar line-up to get the “stomping” underway: Dave Kosmyna (cornet); Ray Heitger (clarinet); Alex Belhaj (guitar); and Chris Tabaczynski (bass). Pete will be hitting it on the drums, of course, but also…the washboard!
The brainchild of drummer and multi-percussionist Pete Siers, Los Gatos performs a mixture of elegant boleros, delightful pachangas, firery mambos, relaxed cha cha chas, and exotic, 6/8 Afro/Cuban dance music. The band features the incredible musical talents of timballero Pete Siers and conguero Al DiBlassio, vibraphonist Cary Kocher, pianist Brian DiBlassio and bassist Kurt Krahnke. Los Gatos is built from the "old-school" Latin jazz values set forth by Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Joe Cuba. However, unlike many traditional Latin jazz groups with six or more members, Los Gatos is a quintet, a combination which dramatically exposes the function of each component of the band. Los Gatos' use of call-and-response vocal coro sections throughout their repertoire lifts the music to new heights of soulfulness and drama.