Torcuato Mariano: Back to the Road


Back to the Road


Torcuato Mariano


So Far From Home (NuGroove 2027-2)

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Vinnie Colaiuta (drums),

Torcuato Mariano (electric guitar), Marcelo Martins (tenor), Fabinho Costa (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bruno Cardoso (Fender Rhodes), Paulo Calasans (Hammond B3), Andre Vasconcelos (keyboards), Neil Stubenhaus (bass)


Composed by Torcuato Mariano


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, date not given. Released March 2009.


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Mariano moved to Brazil from his native Argentina at age 14, and soon became part of the contemporary Brazilian music scene, touring with such artists as Leo Gandelman, Gal Costa, Sergio Mendes, and Ivan Lins in the '80's and '90's. After a detour as A & R director for EMI Brazil, Mariano returned to recording himself, and Back to the Road is his sixth CD as leader. He's an extremely versatile and polished guitarist, proficient playing Latin, rock, blues, or Brazilian jazz, as proven by this diverse session.

The yearning title track is probably the most unfettered performance on the CD, allowing Mariano to let loose aggressively. Colaiuta's propulsive, resonating drum beat makes this piece come alive from the very start. Mariano is channeling a very early influence in his playing here, namely Carlos Santana, as is apparent in his twangy tone and sleekly flowing lines. Calasans' supple B3 chords and Stubenhaus's sturdy bass add to the unwavering foundation over which Mariano sails with genuine feeling. Well-placed brass punctuations enter just before and during the guitarist's blazing solo. A false wind-down ending gives way to Martins' nimble, bluesy tenor solo instead, but this appealing track fades out for real just as Martins is hitting his full stride.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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