FIVE ROADS, Maurício de Souza's new, fourth album, features Bossa Brasil® in 9 tracks of compositions by Maurício de Souza and two of his arrangements of "O Barquinho" by Roberto Menescal and "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert as a bossa.
For his compositions, de Souza mixes Brazilian jazz rhythms with American jazz and classical music textures and melodic ideas. The styles range from Bossa Novas, to Baião, to a Waltz and a stylized Maracatú. The music is lyrical, driving, and soothing.
For this album, de Souza worked with long time music contributors and friends Andrew Beals (alto sax), Bob Rodriguez (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (bass), and Charlie Dougherty (bass on the Live track).
FIVE ROADS was recorded on August 9th, 2018 at Teaneck Sound Studio. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Dave Kowalski. Cover photo from Getty Images, back cover photo by Peter Murphy, insert group photo by Dave Kowalsky, and studio photo by Maurício de Souza.
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Article by Raul da Gama for Hot House Jazz Magazine - January 2019.
Mauricio de Souza’s Bossa Brasil
The Brazilian-born drummer Mauricio de Souza, who studied with Joe Morello for 11 years, has been leading his own bands since 2004. On Five Roads, his Bossa Brasil consists of altoist Andrew Beals, pianist Bob Rodriguez, and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi, with Charlie Dougherty playing bass on one selection. Beals has a versatile tone on alto, sometimes sounding a bit dry and a little dissonant but at other times expressing joy. Rodriguez is a particularly skilled piano soloist while Mazzaroppi keeps the music grooving on bass.
While he is a fine drummer who consistently comes up with catchy drum rhythms that add to the ensembles and inspire the soloists, Mauricio de Souza is equally significant as a composer. His quartet performs seven of his originals on Five Roads plus Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and the standard “O Barquinho.” De Souza’s pieces, while often utilizing Brazilian rhythms, are actually superior modern straight ahead jazz compositions that are both infectious and a little challenging for the musicians. His songs, which are filled with accessible complexity, grow in interest with each listen.
This is an excellent effort which makes me wish that I could see Bossa Brasil live. But until the East Coast-based group comes to the West Coast, this fine CD (available from www.mauriciodesouzajazz.com) will suffice.
Scott Yanow (jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including Afro-Cuban Jazz, Trumpet Kings and Jazz On Record 1917-76)
RELEASE PERFORMANCES (please visit the Performances 2019 page for more details and more upcoming performances):
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at Music Den Stage in Randolph, NJ. 7:30-9pm.
Sunday, September 8th, 2019 at 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing, NJ. 2-4pm.
Friday, August 9th, 2019 at Moonstruck in Asbury Park, NJ. 6-10pm.
Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at DiMenna Center in New York, NY. 8-9:30pm. A Project 142 production.
Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing, NJ. 8-10pm.
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at Mondo in Summit, NJ. 8-10pm. A TEATRO Sí production.
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at The House of Good Fortune Music Series in Somerset, NJ. 8-11pm.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 at Saint Peter's Church (Midday Jazz Midtown) in New York, NY. 1-2pm.
Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at Jazz Forum in Tarrytown, NY. 4-5:30pm.
"... The rhythmic patterns are extremely nuanced, displaying plenty of finesse and a very skillful approach to composition. (...) Each piece of this sonic puzzle seems to intersect to perfection, making for a beautiful and cohesive studio work. If you are a fan of recorded jazz fusion that has a timeless warmth and feel to it, this one is going to be what you need in your collection." - Stacey Zering, Ink 19.
"Five Roads is an amazing example of contemporary bossa vibes, and this release also features an amazing production which further enhances the listening experience of this effort. (...) The drumming on this release is nothing short of beautiful." - Jazz Corner.
"Five Roads, his fourth release as a leader, is a mostly original set showing his growth as a composer. (...) De Souza’s originals, though typically played in bossa nova style, often include nonstandard chord changes, lending
them a distinctive, slightly unpredictable quality. (...) The most unusual cover is of Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria”, played with impeccable taste (...)" - Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record.
"(...) The ensemble approaches "Bate Papo" with such skillful reverence that its gentle jazz seems almost religiously beautiful. de Souza's arrangement of Schubert's "Ave Maria" is truly religiously beautiful. Everything about this stellar arrangement, performance, and recording informs you that this beautiful piece was originally a hymn. (...) Same for the sly dance of "BB," where de Souza's brushes seem to caress instead of strike, gently pulling rhythms and notes out from, his instrument like it's a magician's hat." - Chris Slawecki, All About Jazz.
"De Souza’s pieces, while often utilizing Brazilian rhythms, are actually superior modern straight ahead jazz compositions that are both infectious and a little challenging for the musicians. His songs, which are filled with accessible complexity, grow in interest with each listen." - Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene.
"...Maurício’s Bossa Brasil project is a masterpiece of subtlety.” - Raul da Gama, Hot House Jazz Magazine.
1. Estações (Maurício de Souza)
2. Bebeto (Maurício de Souza)
3. Folclórica (Maurício de Souza)
4. Bate Papo (Maurício de Souza)
5. BB (Maurício de Souza)
6. Paisagens (Maurício de Souza)
7. Ave Maira (Franz Schubert)
8. O Barquinho (Roberto Menescal)
9. Valsinha Para Elvira (LIVE) (Maurício de Souza)
Maurício de Souza (drums)
Andrew Beals (alto sax)
Bob Rodriguez (piano)
Gary Mazzaroppi (bass) - tracks 1-8
Charlie Dougherty (bass) - track 9