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|Origin||Brooklyn, New York City, United States|
|Genres||Funk, funk rock, jazz-funk, rock, world, Latin rock, Latin funk, soul,progressive rock|
|Years active||1970 to the present.|
|Labels||Polydor, United Artist Records, Arista Records, Montage Records|
|Past members||Carlos Wilson
Claude "Coffee" Cave II
Fudgie Kae Solomon
Mandrill is an American multi-genre band formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1968. The band was seven members: Carlos Wilson (trombone, vocals), Lou Wilson (trumpet, vocals) and Ric Wilson (sax, vocals). The brothers were born in Panama and grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. Claude 'Coffee' Cave II (keyboards, percussion, vocals, Bundy Cenac on bass for one album "Mandrill" replaced by Fudgie Kae Solomon in 1972 (bass, vocals), Charles Padro (drums, percussion, vocals) for two albums, replaced by Neftali Santiago in 1972 (drums, percussion, vocals), Omar Mesa (guitar, vocals) replaced by Doug Rodriguez in 1974 (lead guitar, vocals). This completed the Mandrill line-up from the Polydor years 1970–1975 which make up the Mandrill sound. Other members of the band in later years included Juaquin Jessup (lead guitar, percussion, vocals) and Tommy Trujillo on guitar.
Their songs have been sampled by many hip-hop acts such as Johnny D, Public Enemy, DJ Shadow, Shawty Lo, Big L, Kanye West, Jin, Eminem, and 9th Wonder. They combined funk with many other styles like Latin, salsa, rock, blues and soul.
Some of their songs have been used in the soundtracks of films: The Greatest (1977) directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman; and The Warriors (1979) directed by Walter Hill. The band continues to perform live; their signature song is arguably "Fencewalk."
Composite Truth (1973) was the band's most commercially successful album.
- 1970: Mandrill
- 1971: Mandrill Is
- 1972: Composite Truth
- 1973: Just Outside of Town
- 1974: Mandrilland
- 1975: Solid
- 1975: The Best of Mandrill
- 1975: Beast from the East
- 1977: The Greatest (with George Benson) film soundtrack
- 1978: We Are One
- 1979: New Worlds
- 1980: Getting in the Mood
- 1981: Energize
- 1981: The Warriors ("Echoes In My Mind" (with Luther Vandross) film soundtrack
- 1992: Rebirth
- 1997: Fencewalk: The Anthology
- 2000: The Ultimate Collection
- 2001: Peace and Love (EP for the 911 victims)
- 2001: Driving While Black and Brown
- 2002: live at Montreaux
- 2004: Pre-nuclear War Blues (single)
- 2004: Sunshine (single from the movie Civil Brand)
- 2005: Sunshine (compilation)
- 2009: untitled featuring "ablessing" (tribute to Barack Obama “Spirit Of Hiroshima” “We Gotta Get It (Right This Time), ”collaborators including George Duke, Gerald Albright & Chuck D.
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