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glasses no glasses cd

"Upside Down Looking Up"
Mauricio Zottarelli
MZ Music Music (2017)

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Mauricio Zottarelli (drums, compositions, arrangements), Itaiguara Brandão (bass), Gustavo Assis Brasil (guitars), Oriente Lopez (piano, flute), Rodrigo Ursaia (tenor sax), Milene Corso (vocals), Klaus Mueller (piano), Christos Rafalides (vibes), Eldar Djangirov (keys), Mike Pope (bass), Helio Alves (piano).

The most recent release by Mauricio Zottarelli is an ambitious album about a person’s journey through life and its sometimes overwhelming moments and situations. The idea of the title, "Upside Down looking Up"The record was released in November 2017 and was listed among the 25 best albums of the year by Jazz Station. This project is also a personal account of Mauricio’s past few years and features mostly original compositions performed by a stellar lineup, consisting of Zottarelli’s regular band members and some very special guests.

Check out some reviews/press about the album:
Jazz Da Gama | SOLAR Latin Club(Spanish) | Interview with Debbie Burke

Samples of the music on CDBaby

From the liner notes of "Upside Down Looking Up":

"This album and the music in it have to do with those moments in life when a person feels completely overwhelmed with everything that is going on.
The idea of the title, Upside Down Looking Up, came to me one day while thinking about how when life feels crazy and we believe it’s “upside down,” if we “look up” searching for a solution, we are actually looking down. So, in order to figure out a way to navigate through the craziness, find those peaceful moments of clarity, reflect and engage in new (and healthier) cycles, prioritize what is important, and take proper action, we have to change our overall perspective of life. Patience, calm, faith, strength, drive, serenity, intelligence, self-awareness, self-respect, and love are all words that come to mind when I think about this process of shifting one’s perspective. This recording is way more personal than I would like to admit. Having experienced, firsthand, this “Upside Down Looking Up” situation throughout the last few years while composing and producing the material for this album (as a touring and performing musician, as a new dad, and while living through some family and personal issues), I feel that the message “inside” the music is now very clear to me. I hope that this music can successfully communicate with you as well, and perhaps inspire you to reevaluate any areas of your life, which may need it. May newer, better and healthier life cycles begin! MZ "

glasses no glasses cd

"Glasses, No Glasses"
Amanda Ruzza & Mauricio Zottarelli
Pimenta Music (2014)

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Amanda Ruzza (bass, effects), Mauricio Zottarelli (drums, percussion), Leo Genovese (keys, piano, sax, melodica, effects)

This free improvisation, live-in-the-studio spontaneous jam defies all stereotypes while revealing different musical sides of these two Brazilian compatriots and New York City residents. Simultaneously recalling aspects of P-Funk, Medeski, Martin & Wood and Weather Report, Glasses, No Glasses was recorded in just two days, without much planning. "It's not just music, it's a reflection of our friendship," says Amanda. "I think that’s how music comes out in its purest form," adds Mauricio, "when we’re just playing for fun with no compromises or preconceptions, just trying to listen to each other and arrive somewhere."

For more info, check - Glasses, No Glasses page

Samples of the music on SoundCloud



7 Lives cd

"7 Lives " - Mauricio Zottarelli
MZ Music (2009)

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Gustavo Assis Brasil (guitars), Itaiguara Brandão (bass), Milene Corso (vocals), Brandi Disterheft (bass), Dom Salvador (piano), Oriente Lopez (piano, flutes), Esperanza Spalding (bass), Cidinho Teixeira (piano), Rodrigo Ursaia (sax), Mauricio Zottarelli (drums, percussion)

"7 Lives" is Mauricio's debut album as a band leader/composer. On this project, Mauricio leads a 5-star ensemble + guests on music that crosses over many of his favorite styles and influences. Most of the music is written by Mauricio, and some of the covers include an interesting twist on the song "Pinocchio" by Wayne Shorter, as well as original songs by the three pianists on the record: Oriente Lopez, Dom Salvador and Cidinho Teixeira.

Check out some samples of the music.

Read the reviews HERE.

mozik cd

Mozik Records (2011)

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Gustavo Assis Brasil (guitars), Fernando Huergo (bass), Yulia Musayelyan (flute), Gilson Schachnik (piano, keys), Mauricio Zottarelli (drums, percussion)

"MOZIK" is a collaboration project between Mauricio Zottarelli and Gilson Schachnik. A muscular take on Brazilian music, it features original music as well as songs from the classic Brazilian songbook performed with a diverse array of influences such as Jazz, Latin, Funk, Fusion, Rock, and even some more traditional (and less known) Brazilian rhythms and grooves. The main goal for this MOZIK project was to play the music without too much preocupation of sounding "authentic", so it would flow through each player's influences and ideas.

Check out some samples of the music.

Read the reviews HERE.




dig trio cd

"Dig Trio"
Dig Trio
Independent (2003)

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Gustavo Assis Brasil (guitar), Mauricio Zottarelli (drums), David Pinto (bass)
Special guest: Garo Saraydarian (trombone)

The Dig Trio is an cohesive and impressive power trio, and its music is influenced by an eccletic mix of several musical styles resulting ina sound that is unique and sophisticated. This first recording of the trio features twelve original compositions reflecting the trio's versatility and musicality.

Read about it HERE.

Listen to some samples here.




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