Master Composers: Claudio Zoli brought creativity on Na Pista

Image courtesy of produto.mercadolivre.com.br

Image courtesy of produto.mercadolivre.com.br

Although we do not have firm knowledge of his actual birthdate, he did have some major jazz influences with the likes of Tim Maia and Marvin Gaye.  He played the acoustic guitar as a young boy, in addition to acquiring a great singing voice.  By the time reached age 17, he became a member of his idol band named Cassiano.
Between the years 1982 and 1989, Claudio dabbled in some groups and had some decent hits in Brazil.  He later decided to go solo and this week’s entry is one of his best works.
Na Pista was released in 2001 under Brazil’s Trama record label.  It features ten tracks, with the opening track getting you into the right relaxing summer frame of mind with the very steady grooves of “Noite De Prazer” (translated to “Night of Pleasure”).
The next three tracks have alternating beats and rhythms:
Slightly fast on Tracks 2 and 3, but a bit slower pace with Track 4, “Linha Do Equador” (or “Equator Line”).
The remaining seven songs would be great additions for any radio station willing to return to a smooth jazz format.  Just the right blend of guitars, percussion, and steady vocals through make this a very easy and pleasant listen.
Excellent album overall–definite addition to any Brazilian jazz collection.
But please forgive me with most of the United States getting waterlogged most of this past week.
I will try my best to get my next entry in a bit sooner than Saturday with an artist where contained in the liner notes from 2000 this quote from Alain Gerber:
“Music in Brazil isn’t just a cult or a national sport like football (soccer).  It’s a vital function.”
Look for my profile on guitarist Marcio Faraco and his excllent Ciranda album this week.
Please continue to stay dry and hopefully, no one will have any sleepless nights in hopes that a) the power stays on, and b) nobody’s basements get flooded.
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