Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Mario Grigorov - "Paris To Cuba"

Not your typical jazz record, Paris To Cuba, has been described as a cross between Pink Martini and Buena Vista Social Club. Utilizing jazzy piano melodies mixed with blazing horns, the album is the embodiment of summer; conjuring up images of beautiful complexions, mid-afternoon mojitos, linen garments, and vintage Cadillacs. This is music that immediately evokes sipping a Sancerre, watching a sunset on the Seine or puffing on a Petit Punch during a “paseo” through Plaza Vieja.

Nearly all tracks on the album are instrumental; with the exception of three songs that feature smoky Madeleine Peyroux meets Billie Holiday-esque vocals by Melissa Newman, creating a beautiful aural landscape to the tune of an old Jazz standard.

You may know of Mario due to his groundbreaking debut record on Reprise, Rhymes with Orange, which received critical acclaim and was produced by Oscar Castro-Neves and Miles Goodman and his work with Paul Schwartz on the International classical crossover hit series, Aria. Mario has also played a number of Jazz Festivals including the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, the Toronto Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival at Sea, just to name a few.

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