The Prime Element

The Prime Element were a Manhattan-based Latin-jazz/rock big band headed by Argentinian keyboardist/arranger Carlos Franzetti. The project yielded one album, Alborada, issued on Trova in 1976. 

Members: Carlos Franzetti (Rhodes, guitar, Hammond, Moog, percussion, arranger), Omar Clay (percussion, marimba, arranger), Alex Layne (bass), Greg Maker (bass), Akua Dixon (cello, vocals), Ray Mantilla (congas), Mauricio Smith (flute, clarinet), Greg Williams (French horn), Kenny Rogers (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone), Marvin Blackman (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone), Maxine Roach (viola), Carl Ector (violin), Gayle Dixon (violin, vocals)


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