Ricardo Grilli: 1954

The Brazilian-born, New York-based guitarist Ricardo Grilli’s new album, 1954, is a kind of inter-stellar journey through the cosmos. With our without a high concept to cohere the tracks, 1954 is one the best jazz records we’ve heard this year. Featuring cats like Aaron Parks (piano), Joe Martin (bass) and the magnificent drummer Eric Harland, you know the music is going to groove hard. The revelation here is how good Grilli’s compositions are: progressive, confident and rockin’ — just like his playing. The story behind each song is interesting. It’s the music, unframed by explanation, that keeps this sensational album on all-day”repeat.”


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