Mauricio De Souza Group & Bossa Brasil | Different Directions

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Different Directions

by Mauricio De Souza Group & Bossa Brasil

Different Directions is a collection of ten Jazz and Brazilian Jazz tunes, covering a wide range of styles (as the tittle suggests). Each track is exciting, unique, and sophisticated. Trio, quartets and quintets are featured with various instrumentations.
Genre: Brazilian: Bossa Nova
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1. Ponteio Bossa Brasil
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2. Vivo Sonhando Bossa Brasil
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3. Prelude Bossa Brasil
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4. Shasha Bossa Brasil
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5. Lá Vamos Nós Bossa Brasil
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6. Invitation Mauricio De Souza Group
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7. The Acceptance of Resolve Mauricio De Souza Group
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8. Different Directions Mauricio De Souza Group
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9. Con Alma Mauricio De Souza Group
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10. Straight Up and Down Mauricio De Souza Group
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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In Different Directions, I used the same approach as in my previous album, "Here. There...". I recorded ten tracks of Jazz and Brazilian Jazz music, featuring both my groups: Bossa Brasil® and Maurício de Souza Group. However, this time I recorded two original compositions of mine: "Shasha" (a Baião) and the title track, "Different Directions" (a Jazz ballad). We also recorded a third original composition by Jazz Saxophonist Sharel Cassity entitled, "The Acceptance of Resolve". The remainder seven tracks are my arrangements of Jazz and Brazilian Jazz Standards by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Chick Corea, Edu Lobo, Dizzy Gillespie, Ney Rosauro, Webster/Kaper, and Luiz Eça.

I would like to thank all the musicians involved in the project for not only their incredible musical contributions but also their unconditional commitment and dedication to this album. Everyone sounds absolutely phenomenal! The musicians I had the great pleasure and honor to record with are: Mike Stern (guitar), Marc Copland (piano), John Lee (electric bass), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Greg Gisbert (trumpet and flugelhorn), Sharel Cassity (alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones, flute), Miho Nobuzane (piano), Ben Winkelman (piano), and Jerry Weir (vibraphone).

Each track is an unique composition, with an equally unique arrangement. The instrumentation for the tracks range from trio, to quartets, to quintets.

The tracks on the album are:

1. Ponteio (Edu Lobo): Marc Copland (piano), Jerry Weir (vibraphone), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). This is a fiery Baião with exceptional solos by Mazzaroppi, Weir, and Copland. It was a real pleasure to record with my long time contributors Jerry and Gary. I always look forward to playing music with them. Gary makes the bass sing, which is always refreshing to heat. It was a wonderful experience to be in the studio with one of my favorite Jazz pianists, Mr. Copland.

2. Vivo Sonhando (Antônio Carlos Jobim): Mike Stern (guitar), Ben Winkelman (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). This is a cool and dreamy Bossa Nova with exceptional solos by Stern and Winkelman. Stern and de Souza trade exciting ideas on the vamp at the end of the tune. Ben is one of the most creative Jazz pianists I have the immense pleasure of working with on a regular basis. It was a huge pleasure to record once more with one of my favorite guitarists, Mr. Stern.

3. Prelude (Ney Rosauro): Sharel Cassity (alto sax), Jerry Weir (vibraphone), John Lee (electric bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). This is my arrangement of a beautiful and romantic vibraphone solo by Rosauro, who is my favorite composer of percussion music. Cassity, Weir, and Lee display their great lyricism in their solos. I love the sound of this particular quartet instrumentation, with Sharel's unique melodic lines, Jerry's outstanding vibraphone playing, and John's solid and thick bass lines.

4. Shasha (Maurício de Souza): Sharel Cassity (soprano sax), Ben Winkelman (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). This composition was inspired by the music of Sharel Cassity (hence, Shasha). This is my debut into the realm of Brazilian Jazz composition. Exceptional playing and solos by Cassity and Winkelman.

5. Lá Vamos Nós (Luiz Eça): Sharel Cassity (alto, soprano, and tenor saxes, flute), Greg Gisbert (trumpet and flugelhorn), Miho Nobuzane (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). This is a pulsating Maracatú. Exceptional playing and trading solos by Cassity and Gisbert, Nobuzane and de Souza. Greg certainly brought not only his outstanding tumpet/flugel playing to the album but also his huge experience and musicianship. Sharel plays most of the saxophone family and flute as if they were the same instrument. It was a real pleasure (as always) to work with another long time contributor Miho Nobuzane.

6. Invitation (Webster/Kaper): Mike Stern (guitar), Ben Winkelman (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). This is a perfect transition from the Brazilian Jazz side to the Jazz side of the album. In this arrangement, we had a lot of fun mixing and transitioning between the Latin 12/8 and the straight ahead Jazz rhythms. Exceptional solos by Stern, Winkelman, and de Souza (if I may say so myself... hehehe...).

7. The Acceptance of Resolve (Sharel Cassity): Sharel Cassity (tenor sax), Greg Gisbert (flugelhorn), Miho Nobuzane (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). This is a beautiful and peaceful floating Jazz Waltz. Sharel Cassity is one of my favorite Jazz saxophonists and Jazz composers. It is always a pleasure and a growth experience to perform with her. It was an immense pleasure to record one of her compositions. Exceptional solos by Cassity, Gisbert, and Nobuzane.

8. Different Directions (Maurício de Souza): Marc Copland (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). I wrote this tune with Marc Copland's playing in mind. I can't express in words the joy I felt to record this track with one of my favorite Jazz pianists. This Jazz ballad is inspired by the frustrated loves of our lives when, sadly, people go their separate ways (hence Different Directions). Exceptional playing and solos by Copland and Mazzaroppi.

9. Con Alma (Dizzy Gillespie): Sharel Cassity (alto sax), Ben Winkelman (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). This is my arrangement in 5/4 for this classic Gillespie tune and my venture into the world of soloing in 5/4. This track is dedicated to my drum mentor, friend, and drum master, Joe Morello. Exceptional solos by Cassity, Winkelman, and de Souza (if I may say so myself once more... hehehe...).

10. Straight Up and Down (Chick Corea): Sharel Cassity (alto sax), Jerry Weir (vibraphone), John Lee (electric bass), Maurício de Souza (drums). Chick Corea is one of my favorite Jazz pianists and Jazz composers. It is always a pleasure and a challenge to play and record his music. This is a fast and intricate Jazz tune with exceptional solos and trading by Cassity, Weir, and de Souza. Lee's deep bass lines give this track a monumental foundation.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the music! For more information, sound samples, videos, and much more, please visit my website. Yours in music,

Mauricio.


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