Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Rogério Boccato Quarteto - No Old Rain Featuring Dan Blake, Nando Michelin & Jay Anderson

"Knowing the rhythmic skills of New York-based Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato, it comes as no surprise that he has become one of the busiest sidemen on the scene. Recording/gigging with big names such as Maria Schneider, Kenny Garrett, John Patitucci, and Fred Hersch allowed him to mature as a musician and further develop his inspired pulses and rhythmic accents . . . For his debut record, No Old Rain, Boccato sought inspiration in the music of four indisputable Brazilian masters - Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta, Egberto Gismonti, and Edu Lobo, infusing his personal touch with the help of virtuosic saxophonist Dan Blake, bright keyboardist Nando Michelin, and veteran bassist with a silky-tone, Jay Anderson . . . Boccato is a versed stylist of the rhythm, who generously works for the collective. The tunes on No Old Rain take a flow of their own, suggesting stories through the sonic canvas that mirror the quartet's extraordinary rapport and sensitivity, regardless the pace or dynamics. I hope this is the first of many records to come." - Filipe Freitas, JazzTrail.net

"In his elaborately scored soundtrack to his journey back home Mr. Boccato has not only chosen poignant and appropriate to accompany him but he has almost as magically put his re-imagined, almost minimalist impressions in the hands of musicians perfectly in tune with his own artistry and vision. A disc to die absolutely for..."
- Raul da Gama, JazzDaGama.com
When he moved from São Paulo to NYC in 2005, Brazilian percussionist Rogério Boccato could not have imagined he would end up on stage and on Grammy-winning recordings with some of his musical heroes: John Patitucci, Maria Schneider, Kenny Garrett, Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez, Billy Childs, Gil Goldstein, among others.

Now leading his own group, Rogério arrives at yet another milestone: the release of his debut recording as a leader, No Old Rain. With his quartet, Rogério breaks out of the traditional jazz mold, collectively weaving form and structure out of the disparate threads of each member's creative input, using motifs from each song as springboards for spontaneous group compositions. The result of this open- eared deconstruction is a reverent, impressionistic vision of each song. The album is a warmly-colored Brazilian Rorschach test viewed through a much-loved second-hand kaleidoscope.

No Old Rain focuses on gems of Brazilian music excavated from the source - written by four of the greatest composers of the post-Bossa Nova generation, who took Brazilian music into new directions: Toninho Horta, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti and Edu Lobo. Just as their music could have only come from Brazil in the late 20th century, No Old Rain is the seemingly inevitable result of Rogério Boccato's thirteen years in New York.


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