(formerly Toque Libre)
Latin to Funk and everything between
Brothers Pablo and Ricardo Ojeda have been writing and playing music together for as long as they can remember. Their musical writing style has taken many forms during the evolution of their sound. From the national touring dance floor packing beats of Rubberneck, to the hypnotic passionate rhythms of Toque Libre. The Ojeda brothers have continually produced eclectic musical incarnations that meld rhythm and melody together in their own unique way.
Their latest musical offering is called “Sabroso”, meaning flavorful in Spanish. Sabroso starts where Toque Libre left off…the next chapter. Dance floors will move and groove to the sophisticated Latin rhythms and steady funky soul pulse of Sabroso.
Sabroso features some of Portland’s most well known and talented musicians. The band’s rhythmic foundation is brought to you by Pablo Ojeda on bass/vocals (Rubberneck, Toque Libre, Geoff Byrd), Ward “The Warden” Griffiths (Fred Strickley, King Beta, The Quadraphones, The Gravy) on drums/percussion, and Carl “Hands of fire” Smith (Crazy eights, Rubberneck, Toque Libre) on percussion.
The horn section showcases the incredible talents of Paul Mazzio (Gino Vannelli, Tom Grant, Nu Shooz) on trumpet and John Nastos on saxophone. Adding to the depth of talent is the hook laden piano styling of Dave a.k.a. “Sprinkles” Fleschner (Curtis Salgado, Earl Thomas, John Nemeth, Mel Brown, B.B. King) on piano. Last but not least, is Ricardo Ojeda on guitar/vocals. Sabroso is guaranteed to please Portland’s most discerning music lovers.
Vocals, Guitar / Ricardo Ojeda
Bass, Background Vocals / Pablo Ojeda
Keyboard / Dave Fleschner
Saxophone / John Nastos
Trumpet / Paul Mazzio
Drums / Ward Griffiths
Percussion / Carl Smith
Sabroso fuses the funk sounds of the Ojedas former project Rubberneck, with the Latin flavors that made Toque Libre so popular. Below are some samples of both sounds from projects the Ojeda brothers have been involved with previously.