Ramon Taranco | Music from the Bermuda Triangle

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Music from the Bermuda Triangle

by Ramon Taranco

An eclectic mix of instrumental and vocal World Music featuring Grammy Award winning Ben Mink on violin, jazz great Pat Labarbera on saxophones, and Ghana's legendary vocalist Pat Thomas.
Genre: Jazz: African Jazz
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3. Mantiki I
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7. Music From The Bermuda Triangle
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Cuban Guitarist/Composer Ramon Taranco’s first CD is a true World Beat Fusion album with musicians from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Ghana, Holland, Jamaica, Portugal, South Africa and the USA. It is a balanced blend of instrumental and vocal songs using authentic ancient traditional instruments as well as electric guitars and keyboards. Recorded in Toronto, Canada and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Kevin Doyle, this CD received extensive radio air play all over Europe and North America, including Cuba, and was often featured on Inake Peña’s unique Trebede, the highly popular and original strictly World Music radio show on Madrid’s Radio Nacional de España. The CD’s popularity led Ramon to concerts at such prestigious World Music events as the Guggenheim Museum’s World Beat Jazz Series.

The vocalists and instrumentalists are the crème de la crème of the Toronto music scene. Vocalists: Raul Galvez, Yohanna van der Kley, Cooly Koaho, Betty Richardson, Jackie Richardson, Ramon Taranco, Pat Thomas and Liz Tilden. On violin, Ben Mink; harmonica, Carlos del Junco; accordion, Jose Sousa; organ, Peter Nunn; saxophones, Pat Labarbera and Mark Promane; electric and acoustic guitars, Ramon Taranco; cello, Doug Innis; double bass, Kieran Overs; electric bass, Jeff Jones and John Yelland; drums and percussion, Memo Acevedo, Bob Becker, Steve Foster, Basi Mahlasela and Dick Smith.

Like all Ramon Taranco CDs, Music from the Bermuda Triangle cannot be categorized or described in words. Just listen.


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Wildy Haskell - WILDY'S WORLD

"a top-notch songwriter and musician"
"highly rhythmic, danceable compositions."

Music From The Bermuda Triangle pens with THE SNOW SCORPION, a delicious flamenco tune with incredible movement and subtle yet profound shading. The minimalist support arrangement allows for just enough tension to really suck in the listener. YORUBA CUBA reminds me heavily of one of The Brothers Creeggan's more experimental pieces; Jazz, World, Cuban and even African influences can be heard in this incredibly dynamic piece. MANTIKI I and MANTIKI II seem to draw from South American musical traditions in highly rhythmic, danceable compositions. TANGO SOLITO is a sneaky little tune that will wiggle its way into your subconscious. It's unusual to find an understated song with so much energy. SUGAR CANE RIDER is a high energy funk/pop hybrid with its roots firmly planted in the Motown tradition. This is an entertaining song with a high commercial ceiling. You'll also want to check out HARD WORK and the title track.

Peter Van Laarhoven

a fine mélange of South American rhythms and beautiful melodies
“Music From The Bermuda Triangle” is Ramon Taranco’s first solo album. It got recorded in the early nineties and presents eight fine tracks.

The disc kicks off with some songs that could be described as a fine mélange of South American rhythms and beautiful melodies.

Let’s call it latin ‘feel-good’ music. Halfway the album, the colour changes, and the music gets a more bluesy feeling. Nice. Enjoyed it.

MOJO MENDIOLA www.global-mojo.com, Germany

“Guitarist Ramon Taranco…plays his very own, highly interesting style…exciting a
Music From The Bermuda Triangle ●●●●
The Adventures Of Bo Segovia ●●●●

Der aus Cuba stammende Gitarrist Ramon Taranco lebt in meiner alten Nachbarschaft Astoria, Queens, New York und kam auf dem Umweg über Toronto, Kanada dort hin. Musikalisch hat er als junger Bursche vom Blues über Hard Rock und Jazz bis zu diversen lateinamerikanischen Richtungen alles Mögliche in sich aufgesogen und spielt heute einen hochinteressanten eigenen Stil auf der nylon-saitigen Gitarre. Da mischen sich Bossa Nova und New Age, Jazz und Calypso, klassische spanische Gitarre und Chicago Blues, Tango und Nashville Sound, 60s Rock und Irish Folk – mal tanzbar, mal viel zu schade zum Hüpfen, auf jeden Fall immer spannend. Begleitet wurde er bei diesen Aufnahmen von ganz unterschiedlichen, allesamt ausgezeichneten Instrumentalisten, sogar von einem Gospel-Chor. „Music From The Bermuda Triangle“ wurde in Toronto aufgenommen, „The Adventures Of Bo Segovia“ in New York, beide sehr professionell, und beider Städte Feeling färbt auch auf den jeweiligen Sound ab. Hier gibt es mal wieder eine von den Pflanzen zu entdecken, die im Verborgenen blühen, nur weil unser Mann noch nicht im richtigen Moment dem richtigen Produzenten über den Weg gelaufen ist. Sehr anhörenswert, auch wenn er singt!

Guitarist Ramon Taranco, hailing from Cuba, lives in my old neighborhood in Astoria, Queens, New York and got there by detour via Toronto, Canada. As a kid he soaked up any music from Blues over Hard Rock and Jazz to diverse Latin American stuff. Today he plays his very own, highly interesting style on nylon stringed guitar. Bossa Nova and New Age marry, Jazz and Calypso, classical Spanish guitar and Chicago Blues, Tango and Nashville Sound, 60s Rock and Irish Folk – sometimes danceable, sometimes too good to hop to – in any case exciting all along the way. Taranco played these tracks with quite different, yet generally brilliant instrumentalists, even with a Gospel choir. “Music From The Bermuda Triangle” was recorded in Toronto, “The Adventures Of Bo Segovia” in New York, both very professionally and either one rubbed by the feeling of the recording city. You may discover one of those plants here blooming in seclusion, just because our man so far hasn’t run across the right producer at the right moment. But he’s very much worth listening to, also when singing.

BRIDGET B - radio host: KBOO Portland

"Geez, what the heck should I not play?!"
"....your music is great...your international infusions and changes in tempo really caught my attention and made me stop and listen...thank you for your story and a chance to air your music...geez, what the heck should I not play...."

Diana Brooks


The layers in his music defy description, from Ben Mink's soaring violin, to drums that set off reverberations in your gut, to the brass that sparkle like sundance on the water ~ and then a human voice that scats around from haunting to hectoring, sometimes the alma de espagna, sometimes the soul of New York City. The experience of listening to Taranco's music is like a Saturday morning stroll through a multi-cultural neighbourhood; you turn corners to find unexpected encounters, street games and lover's quarrels, flights of birds, eclipses of the sun ~ who else can use a clarinet or an accordion with such results? Who else would put the blues to a samba beat? This is such an original composer that one can almost forget the stunning virtuoso guitar playing that underlies it all.