The natural moods and flavors that run through New Adult Contemporary music weave unifying bonds through all countries and all styles. Leaves rustling in the middle of the night, crickets and frogs making themselves significantly heard, lonely warm-blooded animals howling toward the night sky, or dramatic changes in the weather are traits common to most geographical areas. These sounds, when portrayed in music, are able to unify what we listen to, whether it comes from northern Europe, northern Africa, central Europe, South America, or eastern Europe. Marcelo Zarvos combines light timbres in a quasi-chamber music setting to achieve a program that is equal parts jazz, classical, and folk. Soprano saxophone, cello, piano, bass and percussion swing comfortably and easily to place the listener in a concert hall, a dancehall, and a nightclub. All at the same time.
Zarvos’ acoustic piano works from composed impressionism. The session features Peter Epstein’s distinctive flute-like soprano sax with round edges. His interpretation of melody works well alongside swirling brushes on drumheads. There are no sharp edges. Glimpses of vibraphone, the occasional marimba for a walkabout effect... Each provides added proof that Zarvos’ chamber jazz is unique. There are subtle references to music from several different continents.
"Avenida Paulista" stands out as the one piece that’s different from all the rest. It’s drawn from Brazilian folk music. Saxophone, timbales, cello and piano swing with a dance-like charm, as the piece takes purposeful turns, becoming a miniature suite concentrating on Brazil’s folk culture. Recommended, Zarvos’ latest project is an excellent album with classical and world music overtones from a talented ensemble.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.