Pan Montuno is an instrumental journey that infuses melodic Caribbean steel drum music with innovative Latin rhythms. Original compositions by Derek Smith offer a creative exploration into musical genres such as Latin jazz, calypso, samba and reggae. The band draws much of its inspiration from, and performs songs by legendary musicians such as Cal Tjader, Bob Marley, Tito Puente, Andy Narell and others. The sounds produced by Derek Smith and Pan Montuno evoke a positive spirit for all those who listen.
This project includes some of the most talented and recognized musicians in the greater San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. They join together with Smith to provide outstanding, upbeat musical performances. Featured band members include Derek Smith on steel pan and vibraphone, Mike Shannon on drums and Aaron Germain on bass. Further instrumentation includes the talents of Murray Low, piano, Mario Flores, congas, Mike Abraham, guitar, Ron Work, guitar, Kevin Di Noto, steel pan and congas, and Russell Ives, guest mandolin player and sound engineer.
* Derek Smith, tenor, double second and triple cello steel pans,
drums (5, 6, 10), congas, percussion, vibraphone
* Mario Flores, congas (1, 7)
* Murray Low, piano (6, 7, 10)
* Kevin Di Noto, double second steel pans (1, 2), congas (3)
* Russell Ives, mandolin (9)
* Ron Work, guitar (2, 4)
* Mike Abraham, guitar (8, 11)
* Mike Shannon, drumset
* Aaron Germain, electric and acoustic bass