Yabanada is a collaboration of Texas Blues spiced with New Orleans Funk, Latin Rhythms & Jazz Harmonies. A veritable "Blues Stew" with diverse influences from Little Feat, Santana, & the Allman Brothers to the Funky Meters, Miles Davis & Monk.
The heart of the groove is driven by Drummer Jack Stoker, a veteran of Texas dance halls, has been seen more than a few times on stage with Sammy Hagar, with a solid pulse: courtesy of Bassist Kevin Wheatley, an old hand of the Blues Circuit in & around the West Coast Bay Area.
Rhythmic spice is delivered by Percussionist Albert Alonzo, playing congas timbales & a menagerie of instruments, assimilated from years of touring & recording, with the Reggae band, Zion.
Richard Conine, studied sax under the legendary Tony Campise of the Stan Kenton big band, & now contributes his accomplished arrangement skills while also providing soulful accompaniments playing keyboards, flute & saxophones.
Original by nature, the band features songs by guitarist Benjamin Lin, returned from an 8 year stint with a Middle East, 40's style Bahraini jazz band.
Ric Gallegos, a 30+ year professional, world touring, master trombonist making the rounds from the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland to the Corpus Christi & Victoria Symphony Orchestras, along with Charles Reyna, previous first trumpet of the Texas Longhorn Band, both add their sweet & tasty horn stylings of Trombone & Trumpet serving up Muscle Shoals Caliente flavor.