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True Flight Borders LogoIs a swinging affair and a testament to the ensemble’s virtuosity, versatility, and ability to create music that appeals to a wide audience.

Modeled after the standard big-band format, the ensemble draws inspiration from the orchestras of Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Mario Bauza but the vast majority of the repertoire is original compositions and arrangements, composed by Rendon, Rick Faulkner, and Joe Mannozzi. Tunes that, musically speaking, run the gamut – from straight-ahead New York Mambo to danceable Latin-Jazz and Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian rhythms.

Puerto Rican percussionist who was a fixture of the New York salsa scene, and on hundreds of albums passed away on September 19, 2014. He was also a sacred drummer, akpwon (lead vocalist) and babalao (high priest) in Ifá (Santeria), responsible for being among the first to introduce traditional batá rhythms to secular audiences.

In 1996, Ken Ross and myself wrote an article on Milton for Modern Drummer magazine. Here it is in its entirety. Originally published in Modern Drummer Magazine, September 1996.

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Milton Cardona-Master Percussionist

Milton Cardona - Master Percussionist

 

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