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Album-Release:
2018

HRA-Release:
26.04.2018

Label: IN+OUT Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Latin Jazz

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  • 1I'm Just a Lucky So-And-So05:40
  • 2Sambop04:11
  • 3Donna Orlandina05:52
  • 4A Nosso Amigo Esmé03:16
  • 5Vatapá03:26
  • 6Migalhas de Amor05:22
  • 77 X 103:13
  • 8Indeciso06:53
  • 9You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To03:37
  • 10Chuva04:49
  • 11One for Lc04:55
  • Total Runtime51:14

Info for Sambop



"A guy with an L5 in love with jazz and Brazilian music." That was Paulo Morello's self-characterization for a journalist some years ago.

Equally concise and straight forward is the title of his latest album. Sambop is a fusion of two terms - the latter associating the core style of modern jazz, while the first alludes to the most important form and the most influential rhythm of Brazilian music - standing for the musical and artistic concept of the present album: the encounter of Samba and Bop, or rather: Morello and his three musical peers merging Bop jazz and the diversity of rhythms, forms, and voices of Brazilian music into a whole, into something new and beautiful, as if Samba and Choro had always been played on the semiacoustic jazz guitar; or as if Duke Ellington had first designed his "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" as a funky Baião". If they choose a jazz standard it becomes "brazilianized", and if they decide in favor of a Choro like "Nosso Amigo Esmé" Morello's soloing comes out to be just as jazzy and bop-style, as if Brazilian Choros have always been a part of the jazz repertoires and influences of role models like Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Pat Martino.

Morello and his fellow musicians do this considering all those qualities that make Jazz and Brazilian music distinctive and strong: with the springy effortlessness of Brazilian music. With the refinement, intensity, and speed of jazz. And with a naturally virtuoso, joyous, and fluid easiness achievable only by true masters on their instrument.

For Sambop Paulo Morello has put together a choice band. Lula Galvão (b. 1962), the guest star from Brazil on acoustic guitar, counts among the masters of his trade having played for Caetano Veloso, Rosa Passos, Ivan Lins, and Guinga. On the present album he is not just backing, but an equal partner for Morello, as can be definitely heard in duet pieces such as Jacob do Bandolim's "Migalhas De Amor" or Cole Porters "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to" and in ballads (e. g. "Indeciso"), songs full of Saudade, the specific Brazilian form of languorously melancholic yearning, which very likely might only be captured and expressed in music. Especially delightful: the lovely transparent, never ambiguous rapport of the nylon-string and semi acoustic guitars.

The rhythmic drive is taken care of by Eduardo "Dudu" Penz on electric bass and Mauro Martins on drums, two Brazilians living in Switzerland and for Paulo Morello "the best Brazilian rhythm group in all of Europe", with whom he has been playing frequently for 15 years. Dudu Penz enriches his bass solo runs with scat singing; Mauro Martins either sounds like a complete samba group (as in his "Sambop"-intro) or as delicate as if he were just playing the Pandeiro, the Brazilian tambourine.

As to Paulo Morello (b. 1970), he has played Brazilian music almost as long as he has played jazz, and he does that so well, so skillfully, and authentic like probably no second jazz guitarist in Europe. His passion for this music awoke 23 years ago while he was in New York as a student at the renowned New School. When he heard the regularly playing Trio da Paz with Romero Lubambo (guitar), Nilson Matta (bass) and Duduka da Fonseca (drums) he was irreversibly hooked - his interests, his studiousness, his passion were focussed on Brazilian music. In 2000 he spent several months in Rio de Janeiro and made new contacts which during the following years led to tours and recordings with, among others, the Bossa Nova legends Johnny Alf, Alaide Costa, Leny Andrade and the drummer Erivelton Silva, a colleague of Lula Galvão with Rosa Passos.

The present album was recorded in August 2017 at the noted Hansahaus Studio in Bonn. And what one would never expect while listening: The two guitarists have met for the first time only three days prior to the studio date actually, thanks to a mutual friend, the Cologne singer Ulla Haesen, who brought the two together. She knew that there would be music in that encounter. Great music, which never makes you know if what you hear is samba or jazzy Bop. It is both at the same time - it is Sambop! And that is, much likely, the best you can compliment this wonderful album for.

"Sambop by Paulo Morello's Brazilian Quartet is the absolute REAL DEAL! It's burning and swinging from the very first note with some beautiful soulful ballads, too - to break up the 'burn' ... you'll love this! I've toured with Paulo a lot the past few years with the B3 Organ trio 'Hammond Eggs' which is more in Bebop/Funk mode, so this is yet another side of Paulo's music … he sure has a lot of bases covered … didn’t realize he has a Brazilian heart!“ (Randy Brecker)

Paulo Morello, electric and acoustic guitars
Lula Galvão, acoustic guitar
Dudu Penz, bass
Mauro Martins, drums


Paulo Morello
(7. Oktober 1970 in Burglengenfeld als Cornelius Paul Schmidkunz) ist ein deutscher Jazzgitarrist, Komponist und Musikproduzent.

Paulo Morello studierte das Hauptfach Jazzgitarre am Meistersingerkonservatorium in Nürnberg bei Helmut Kagerer von 1992 bis 1993 und von 1993 bis 1995 an der Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim bei Frank Kuruc. Es folgte ein einjähriger Studienaufenthalt an der New Yorker New School mit dem Hauptfach Jazzgitarre bei Jim Hall und Peter Leitch und zusätzlichem Unterricht bei Buster Williams, Jack Wilkins, Attila Zoller, Richie Beirach und George Garzone. 1996 bis 1998 studierte er erneut an der Musikhochschule Mannheim, wo er seine akademischen Studien mit einer künstlerisch/pädagogischen Diplomprüfung abschloss. Zusätzlich nahm Morello bei Workshops Unterricht u. a. bei Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Stern, Hal Galper, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Foster, Pat Martino, Tal Farlow, John Scofield und Karl Ratzer.

Im Jahr 2001 begann Paulo Morello seine internationale Karriere mit dem von ihm gemeinsam mit dem dänisch-deutschen Saxofonisten Kim Barth initiierten und produzierten Projekt „Bossa Nova Legends“. Mit diesem Projekt unternahm er in den folgenden Jahren u. a. mit Leny Andrade und dem Sänger Johnny Alf Tourneen in Europa und Südamerika. Hierbei gastierte er z. B. in der Queen Elisabeth Hall/London Jazz Festival, im Teatro Rival/Rio de Janeiro, beim Verona Jazz Festival/Italien, beim Vilnius Jazz Festival/Litauen und beim San Javier Jazz Festival in Spanien. An dieses Projekt schlossen sich u.a. eine Europa-Tournee mit dem Trio des Organisten Jimmy Smith, Tourneen und eine CD- Produktion mit Paul Kuhn und Greetje Kauffeld, Engagements mit Roberta Gambarini sowie eine Tournee mit dem Kim Barth & Michael Mossman Sextett an.

Im Jahr 2008 stellte Paulo Morello gemeinsam mit Jermaine Landsberger und Peter Weniger mit der CD-Produktion Hammond Eggs sein Orgel-Trio vor. Im Jahr 2011 folgte mit dem Album Night of Jazz Guitars bei der Jazzwoche Burghausen die Präsentation eines Gitarrenquartetts mit Larry Coryell, Helmut Kagerer, Andreas Dombert und dem Gast Philip Catherine. 2012 erschien das Album 'Afternoon in Rio', das Paulo Morello zusammen mit Tizian Jost und Erivelton Silva produzierte. Gastsolisten sind Hendrik Meurkens, Wolfgang Lackerschmid und Kim Barth.

Paulo Morello ist seit dem Jahr 1999 als Dozent an der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg tätig und erteilt Unterricht im instrumentalen Hauptfach Jazz-Gitarre. Zusätzlich unterrichtet er die Big-Band Rhythmusgruppe und leitet eine Brazilian Jazz-Combo.

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