(2009) MZ Music
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 first solo album. This project explores Mauricio's versatility and musicality as well as showcasing him from many different angles: as drummer, composer, band leader and producer. The project seamlessly blends Brazilian jazz, Fusion and Jazz into one unique sound.
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/arranged 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.
Some press from "7 Lives":
"Triumphant, exotic, pounding, electric, yet deeply grounded in the stream of tradition, 7 Lives offers an exhilarating trip across an ever-shrinking, colliding and adapting musical globe."
M. Marshall - Jazz Inside NY Magazine
"Much more than drums, cymbals and sticks. (...)playing jazz with authority and personality, while incorporating a strong Brazilian identity."
L. Nobile - Caderno 2, O Estado De São Paulo - Brazil
"Including the compositional skills, this album is high quality Brazilian jazz."
H. Sugita - Swing Journal - Japan 2009
"Centering it all is Zottarelli's melodic and rhythmic drumming which is propulsive, without being excessive, and which drives the song, while also enhancing it. Tasty and satisfying work from a rising star drummer on the Brazilian scene."
B. Walseth - JazzChicago.net
"This is an excellent example of how a record from a great musician should be done; on which the creativity, good taste and musicality are all highly valued."
V. Rocha - Modern Drummer Magazine Brazil
"Zottarelli, who wrote seven out of the eleven songs is not only a gifted composer but also a great producer. A drummer whose playing is incredibly musical and at the same time propulsive, whose kicks and breaks are always directly related to the purpose of the song."
S. Gerosa - Jazz N'More Magazine - Switzerland
2| 7 LIVES
4| LONG GONE
5| TWO-WAY STREET PART 1
8| NO STANDING ZONE
9| TWO-WAY STREET PART 2
10| DE LÁ PRA CÁ
11| WAITING FOR SPRING
Produced by Mauricio Zottarelli
All compositions by Mauricio Zottarelli except tracks 1,6,7,10
Acoustic Recording - Brooklyn, NY engineered by Michael Brorby Ubuntu World Music - Brooklyn, NY engineered by Christine Vaindirlis
Mixing: David Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, NYC
Mastering: ZOM1-NYC, assisted by Marcos Vigio
Photos & Art Design: Peter Poby - www.poby.net