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"Good improvisation communicates harmonic progression melodically. Effective melodies manipulate harmonic content through the use of guide tones and preparatory gravity notes, masterfully woven in systematic tension, release, and transparent harmonic definition."
We're enjoying listening to the recently released CD "Multiplo" from Rio de Janeiro multi-instrumentalist Marcos Moletta. The 12 song instrumental project is a potpourri of folk styles including traditional Brazilian, European gypsy jazz, and a heaping helping of jazz fusion.
All but two of the songs are original compositions he performs with his instruments including his signature guitarra baiana (5-string electric mandolin), Fender electric 5-string, rebeca (native South American fiddle), violao tenor guitarra, and bandolim in an exciting native Brazilian rhythm ensemble context.
In the past he has credited his musical influences from such diverse flavors as Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, Bob Marley, Pixinguinha, Frank Zappa, and Wes Montgomery, but his regional roots are firmly planted in each of the selections. The songs are deftly executed, aurally stirring, and his unique voice in this marvelous ethnic sonic backdrop is like nothing you'll hear this far north.