It’s all about the Brazilian rhythms for this jazz organ trio. Afternoon in Rio's tropical flavors include earthy samba funk, heavily accentuated samba-de-breque, bossa nova, chorinho, baio, and even some Latin rock. Says guitarist Paulo Morello: “We play Brazilian music in a unique way because we do it on a bebop base, and at the same time our compositions are tailor-made for Brazilian rhythms.” Their consistently spirited rhythmic zest is owed in large part to the skilled drummer Erivelton Silva in this Brazilian-Bavarian project.
The repertoire consists mostly of original compositions by Morello and organ player Tizian Jost. Musical variety combined with internationally inclined contemporary jazz styles has produced a truly refreshing album. And if the rhythmic diversity isn’t enough, the group also features guest musicians on vibraphone, flute, bass, and harmonica throughout the CD. Yet no one is fronting in this group, which really benefits the music-making.
Afternoon in Rio is definitely music you’ll want to play on your patio while enjoying the late-afternoon sun with friends and family. So sit back and enjoy the funkiness of Let’s Vamos (track 4) made available in the right sidebar. I bet you’ll walk away either humming or whistling the tune.
'Afternoon in Rio' features a traditional organ trio made up of guitarist Paulo Morello, organist Tizian Jost with top drummer Erivelton Silva performing Brazilian jazz. A unique trip through samba-funk, relaxed bossa nova and earthy north-eastern Brazilian rhythms all rooted in contemporary jazz. Featuring guest musicians Hendrik Meurkens, Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Kim Barth and Dudu Penz.
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Paul Morello, guitars
Guitars: Paul Morello
After graduating in Jazz Performance, Composition and Arrangment at the Universities of Performing Arts in Germany and New York, I went down to Rio de Janeiro in 2001 with my old fellow Kim Barth where we set up our first project Bossa Nova Legends. Together with the production of the CDs “Morello & Barth present Bossa Nova Legends”, we led a three year tour with legendary singers Johnny Alf, Leny Andrade and Pery Ribeiro…
Drawing on a wide range of music traditions and influences including Jazz and Bebop, Classical Music, South American folklore, Flamenco and Afro-Cuban music, Danish saxophonist and flutist Kim Barth creates compositions and arrangements which are praised as “Clever music of high level of quality (…) and incredible richness”.
Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New York, Meurkens’ recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal.
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Paulo Morello / Tizian Jost / Erivelton Silva - Afternoon In Rio (Track 1)
"Lets Vamos" - Morello, Jost, Silva ft. Lackerschmid, vibraphone