When one looks up the word "Caoba" in the dictionary, one finds: rare tropical wood (mahogany).

Bandleader Anton Mühlhofer (drums/percussion), who made many trips to Cuba at the beginning of the 1980s in order to study Cuba's rich musical heritage, founded the group "Caoba" in 2003. He had already produced two CDs – "Mi Mundo" (1998) and "Sabor No Tiene Color" (2002) – in Santiago de Cuba. His passion for both Latin-American music and jazz (having played with, among others, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Joe Zawinul, and Arturo Sandoval) inspired him to form "Caoba", which performs music in the styles of Mongo Santamaria, Airto Moreira and Milton Nascimento, as well as original compositions.

Current members of "Caoba" are:
Philippine Duchateau (piano – a "Terri-Lyne Carrington Award" winner), Markus Zahrl (saxes) and Stephan Först (bass).

Other musicians who also played with “Caoba“:
Andrey Prozorov (saxes), Wolfgang Schiftner (saxes), Stefan Íllerer (saxes), Raphael Preuschl (bass), JoJo Lackner (bass), Robert Bachner (trombone).

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