Tanaóra was a sextet I co-led with singer-songwriter Cecilia Engelhart and renowned percussionist Michael Spiro.
We were brought together by our love for Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian music as well as American jazz and R&B. In Tanaóra we could freely blend these styles in our own personal way. The band included Bay Area stalwarts David Belove on bass, the late Ron Stallings on saxes, and the late Paul Van Wageningen on drums.
I played piano and keyboards, arranged, engineered countless hours of overdubs (percussion, piano, voice, saxes, guitars), edited, and assisted with the mixing and mastering. The clips here feature my piano solos.
Cecilia Engelhart – voice
Bob Karty – piano, keyboards
Michael Spiro – percussion
David Belove – bass
Paul Van Wageningen – drums
Ron Stallings – soprano & tenor saxophones
The Katanga Patrol: Jeff Cressman – trombone
Love Understands: Jeff Buenz – guitar
Rollón: Ray Obiedo – guitar; Carlos Caro – guira
Día Real: Melecio Magdaluyo – alto sax; Carlos Oliveira – guitar