Caldera (band)

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Origin New York, United States
Genres Jazz fusion
Years active 1976–1979
Labels Capitol Records
Associated acts Earth, Wind & Fire, Weather Report
Past members Eduardo del Barrio
Jorge Strunz
Steve Tavaglione
Carlos Vega
Mike "Baiano" Azevedo

Caldera was an American band, that combined jazz, funk and rock with a wide variety of Latin music. 1970s fusion explorers like Return to Forever and Weather Report influenced Caldera, but its members were also influenced by everything from Earth, Wind & Fire's soul/funk to Afro-Cuban salsa, Brazilian samba and Andean/Peruvian music.[citation needed]


Members of Caldera, which was led by keyboardist Eduardo del Barrio and guitarist Jorge Strunz (Strunz & Farah), came from all over Latin America as well as parts of the United States. While bass player Dean Cortez and saxophonist Steve Tavaglione were US born, other members were born in Costa Rica (Strunz), Argentina (del Barrio), Cuba (drummer Carlos Vega) and Brazil (percussionist Mike "Baiano" Azevedo). In 1976, Caldera signed with Capitol and recorded its self-titled debut album, which was followed by Sky Islands in 1977, Time and Chance in 1978, and Dreamer in 1979. The four albums (all but their third have been reissued on CD) did not sell, and the band called it quits in 1979.

However, most of Caldera's members kept busy long after its breakup. Strunz went on to form the guitar duo Strunz & Farah with Iranian/Persian guitarist Ardeshir Farah, while del Barrio worked with artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Stan Getz and Dianne Reeves throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Percussionist Alex Acuña has become one of the most sought-after percussionists in jazz.[1]



  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Caldera Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Caldera Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-04-29.