Saturday, August 11, 2018

Guitarist Ricardo Grilli launches crowdfunding campaign for new recording

Guitarist Ricardo Grilli launches crowdfunding campaign and NYC concert in support of new recording

1962, slated for release in early 2019, is the follow-up to Grilli’s acclaimed 1954

“Grilli’s considerable chops are in full effect in each setting…an admirable outing.”—Bill Milkowski, DownBeat

“There’s an attractively questing quality in the album’s opener…it has a driving rock groove over which Mr. Grilli unfurls a coolly billowing solo.”—Nate Chinen, New York Times

Acclaimed Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Grilli is getting ready to record a new album. He heads into the studio in early August with saxophonist Mark Turner, pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Eric Harland to lay down tracks for 1962, the follow-up recording to Grilli’s acclaimed 2016 release, 1954. The recording will be Grilli’s third, and he’s launched a crowdfunding campaign in support of it.

Like 1954, the new record will be an homage to Grilli’s parents and the decades in which they were born, the 1950s and 1960s. Grilli synthesizes historical and musical elements from those time periods including bebop, hard bop, rock, bossa nova, and the Space Age to create a mesmerizingly modern sound. Despite gleaning inspiration from the past, Grilli’s music is decidedly of the moment, replete with sleek, captivating melodies over tense, balance-challenging rhythms, combined in intricate but emotionally engaging structures. His compositions reveal the influence of modern masters like Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mark Turner alongside adventurous pop experimentalists like Radiohead and Rodrigo Amarante, with a relaxed but expressive melodicism imbued by a youth spent absorbing the tropical sounds of Jobim and Elis Regina.

Brazilian-born, New York City-based guitarist and composer Ricardo Grilli is one of today’s most prominent jazz guitarists. He’s earned international acclaim in publications including the New York Times, DownBeat, JazzTimes, All About Jazz, Jazz Podium, and many others. Grilli has performed with notable artists like Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Will Vinson, Aaron Parks, and Joe Martin at venues such as The Blue Note, The Rex in Toronto, the A-Trane in Berlin, and JazzB in Sao Paulo. In 2013 critic JazzTimes critic Steve Greenlee named Grilli’s first recording, If on a Winter’s Night, a Traveler, the best debut of the year. Grilli holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and New York University.