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Meeco: Souvenirs of Love

Read "Souvenirs of Love" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist, composer and producer Meeco alias Michael Maier delivers his fourth album with Souvenirs of Love offering a “collection of love songs that tell my life" story as the artist states, through a range of R & B, intimate jazz ballads and a touch of the hip-hop influence provided in a tasteful elegant platform. Not a conservative musician by any stretch, Meeco is used to doing things big, out of the norm and striking a new approach. On this venture, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Meeco: Souvenirs Of Love

Read "Souvenirs Of Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Meeco doesn't skimp on star power when he puts a record together. The personnel listings from his previous projects--Amargo Mel (Connector Records, 2009), Perfume E Caricias (Connector Records, 2010), and Beauty Of The Night (Connector Records, 2012)--read like the invite list for the NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony: Jazz elders--bassists Ron Carter and Buster Williams, flautist Hubert Laws, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, saxophonist Benny Golson, and pianist Kenny Barron, to name a few--joined in at one time or another, and younger ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Meeco: Beauty of the Night

Read "Beauty of the Night" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While danger, intrigue and excitement are often born beneath a silvery moon, love, loss and regret seem to come first to Meeco's mind when his thoughts turn to the night. The Paris-based composer/producer gathered what can only be described as a dream team of jazz's crème de la crème to help him bring life to eight of his sensitive compositions on this, his third album. The concept behind Meeco's music, which deals in whispering, pensive Euro-Brazilian sounds, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Meeco: Meeco: Beauty of the Night

Read "Meeco: Beauty of the Night" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Extraordinary songwriter/producer Meeco's Beauty Of The Night comes with a hidden cautionary note which is not visible or audible until the first strains of the music is heard. It is an elementally sad album and a box of Kleenex may be de rigueur. However, this is not to say that the album is not beautiful. After all, in immense sadness there is beauty as well. Meeco should know this. He is smitten with things Brazilian--the incredible vocalist, Eloisia, for one. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Meeco: Beauty of the Night

Read "Beauty of the Night" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Paris-based composer/producer Michael Christian Maier, alias Meeco, has never truly delivered a standard jazz album, preferring instead to craft musical projects that are creative, innovative and different from the rest, described as “neither classical nor jazz" (Jaques Morelenbaum). A follow-up to Perfume e Caricias (Connector, 2010), Beauty of the Night is Meeco's third disc and his most impressive project to date, certainly qualifying as a non-standard recording.This enchanting recording captures romantic melodies and beautiful love songs on a ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Meeco: Beauty of the Night

Read "Meeco: Beauty of the Night" reviewed by Chris May

MeecoBeauty of the NightConnector Records2012 Anyone unfamiliar with Paris-based composer/producer Meeco and his gorgeous, sophisticated jazz can get approximate bearings from two other artists. One is Antônio Carlos Jobim, partly for the influence of bossa nova on Meeco's writing, partly for the heart-on-sleeve romanticism his songwriting shares with Jobim. The second is Astrud Gilberto, who is suggested by the Brazilian vocalist Eloisia, Meeco's regular collaborator. That said, Meeco is more jazz centered ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Meeco: Perfume e Caricias

Read "Perfume e Caricias" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Portuguese for “Perfume and Caresses," Perfume e Caricias offers a relaxing and tender musical experience, perfect for those who appreciate the lighter side of jazz. Written as an intimate statement of music, the eight-song, one alternate take repertoire, has been described as “fragile and introspective" in nature. Composed and produced by German-born Michael Maier aka “Meeco," of Paris, France, the album is a joint effort with Brazilian vocalist, Eloisia, a member of the French group Nouvelle Vague, who penned the ...


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