is a New York-based guitarist whose music is a gentle blend of jazz and progressive rock. He leads a quartet of accomplished musicians who know how to alternately be calm and spacious or rhythmic and grooving. On the calmer side "Rings" has a quietly throbbing beat and mellow texture set up by Joe Martin
's bass and Eric Harland
's simple drum patterns and "Breathe" is much the same but with a Latin tinge to the rhythm and delicate, lively piano by Aaron Parks
. Grilli, for his part, fits into the group identity instead of dominating and distinguishes himself with his lyrical and poignant playing on "Cosmonauts."
When the rhythms are faster, a quiet intensity builds. "Pogo56" has a similar melody to "Breathe" but is done at a quicker, jazz based tempo that gives the group more space to loosen up and "Arcturus" is a fast-paced showcase for Grilli's wilder instincts that also allows Harland to cut loose with crashing force. "Radiance" has a hammering rock rhythm and heavy guitar sound that brings instrumental rock bands like Sigur Ros or Mogwai
to mind while "Vertigo" is even heavier jazz-rock with big wailing guitar heroics contrasting nicely with Parks' sparkling and insinuating piano lines. Pure jazz shows up on "Far Away Shores" in an intense guitar-piano dialogue powered by Harland's superb drumming and the closing track, "Pulse" which has everyone flying along to a "Giant Steps"-like tempo, Grilli sounding as fast and slick as Pat Martino
and Martin taking a rare, high-flying solo.
This is a fine example of four distinctive musicians fitting together well to make fine music. Grilli is a very capable guitarist and he mixes very well with the flash and power of his comrades.
Track Listing: Arcturus; Breathe; Pogo56; Radiance; Rings; Far Away Shores; Cosmonauts;
Personnel: Ricardo Grilli: guitars; Aaron Parks: piano; Joe Martin: bass; Eric Harland: drums.
| Year Released: 2016
| Record Label: Tone Rogue Records