Mike Rinta

Mike Rinta

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Trombone virtuoso Michael Rinta made his name backing up scores of jazz and funk stars such as Sly & the Family Stone, Herbie Hancock, Buddy Guy, as well as Carlos Santana, Philip Bailey, Jerry Garcia, and The New Orleans All Stars.

Biography

DUST GROOVE SAYS...
A great straight set from Wide Hive Records -- a label that's been shaking off some of its experimental sides in recent years, and has really started to move strongly into soulful jazz! Trombonist Mike Rinta heads up the group here, but the ensemble also features great work from Paul Branin on tenor sax -- who blows with a relaxed, confident tone that really matches Rinta's energy nicely. Other players include Kevin Zuffi on piano, Adam Shulman on Hammond, Tim Eschliman on bass, and Jimmy Sanchez on drums -- all of whom give most of the tunes a groove that's almost an update on older soul jazz modes, but with a few New Orleans undercurrents in the rhythms. Titles include "Never Again", "Don't Burn The Roux", "Little Miss Leffler", "Old Stroll", and "North Beach Millie".

AMAZON.COM SAYS...
"Mike Rinta releases his first solo record, aptly named Eponymous. Featuring New Orleans-style jazz with funky undertones, this album is sure to land solidly between The Meters and King Oliver. Incredible horn arrangements, piano jams, and syncopated drums combine to make the perfect sweet & spicy musical gumbo."

BIOGRAPHY
Michael Rinta was born in San Francisco where he grew up surrounded by music. His family's musical influence rubbed off on him as he began playing piano and organ by ear at an early age. At 11, he started playing the trombone. Mainly influenced by the styles of Frank Rosolino and Julian Priester, Mike developed an articulate and technical style exuding personality and intensity in each note. He furthered his studies at Chabot College taking jazz theory and performance courses as well as playing in the Jazz Ensemble at Cal State Hayward. In 1984, Mike started freelancing around the SF Bay Area with various jazz, blues, and salsa bands including Orquesta Actualidad and Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. In 1989, he joined the Carnival Cruise lines for a few years before returning to the Bay area where he continued to build his resume with bands like the Tommy Castro Band, Harvey Mandell, and the Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra.

In the late 90's, Mike played with a myriad of accomplished bands and musicians. He toured North America and Europe with Michelle Shocked and also the Dynatones, won a Bammie Award (Bay Area Music Award) for Salsa Album of the Year, and performed with Santana, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Buddy Guy, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Wier, and more. He also recorded for the Junius Courtney Big Band, Harvey Mandell, Mitch Woods, Avance, and others. Over the past ten years, he has recorded and toured all over world including Japan, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Russia. He was the featured trombonist with Sly & The Family Stone, John Lee Hooker Jr., Variable Unit, Calvin Keys, Harvey Mandell, Brass Monkey Brass Band, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and others.

A staple player in the music circuit for over 20 years, Mike Rinta delivers his much anticipated debut solo record, Eponymous. It is a lovingly rendered medley of moody organic jazz with New Orleans-style composition and arrangement. It has already begun to receive rave reviews and is sure to impact the current music scene. This album will continue to advance Mike's solo career and keep him as one of the most in-demand trombone players SF Bay Area.

Discography

"Eponymous" - Mike Rinta WH-0294 release date: 10/27/09

Set List

Never Again
Ronnie
Don't Burn The Roux
Little Miss Leffler
Old Stroll
Hanging At Andrew Jaegar's
Professional
Scat That
North Beach Millie
That's What She Said
Gone 3 Days
JGW