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Ritmos Unidos


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We are so humbled to welcome Ritmos Unidos to the Patois Records family! This dynamic group featuring Michael Spiro, Michael Mixtacki, Joe Galvin, Jamaal Baptiste, Nate Johnson, Joel Tucker and Jeremy Allen will be releasing their sophomore album, Ritmos Unidos, August 19. Consisting of Indiana University’s Jacobs School faculty, alumni, and current students, Ritmos Unidos is quite unique in that they play music from throughout the Caribbean and South America, they don’t just play one style of Latin music. Ritmos sings in at least four languages (English, Yoruba, Portuguese, and Spanish), and their repertoire includes an enormous variety of different styles of Latin music, all of which is played with stylistic integrity and understanding.

“I don’t know if we are the only Latin band ever formed in Bloomington Indiana, but I am quite sure we are the first to play both Latin music for dancers (salsa), and Latin music for listeners (Latin Jazz).” – Michael Spiro

Jeremy Allen
Jamaal Baptiste
Joe Gavin
Pat Harbison
Nate Johnson
Mike Mixtacki
Michael Spiro
Joel Tucker
Special Guests
Wayne Wallace
Liam Teague
Kevin Bobo 

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Best Latin Jazz album

World-renowned trombonist Wayne Wallace and percussionist Michael Spiro have earned a GRAMMY ® nomination for “Best Latin Jazz Album” for their CD Canto América on the Patois label. The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

5 out of 5 Stars - Superb!
Not just great music—this is a great work of art. Exquisite musicianship, impeccable performances, with a range that includes vocals, instrumentals, ballads, and uptempo numbers that will get you up and moving—and yet the parts fit together seamlessly. A beautiful, beautiful album. Support these gifted, thoughtful musicians and buy a copy today! – Eric T. Macknight