Best Of 2016 Jazz Station Blog

Very happy to be featured once again on Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Jazz Station blog in the Best Guitarist (right behind Pat Metheny!), Best Composer, Best Album, Best Drummer (Eric Harland) and Best Engineer (Michael Perez-Cisneros). We're going for the Grammys in 2017!

http://jazzstation-oblogdearnaldodesouteiros.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-38th-annual-jazz-station-awards.html

Thanks Arnaldo!

Downbeat review by Bill Milkowski

So thrilled to have my reviewed but one of the writers I most admire, Mr. Bill Milkowski, author of "Jaco" and "Keith Richards a Life in Rock 'n' Roll".
 

"On his sophomore outing, Sao Paulo-born, New York-based guitarist Ricardo Grilli is joined by pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Eric Harland on a program that ranges from the Latin-tinged “Breathe” to the distortion-laced opener “Arcturus” to the post-bop swinger “Pulse.”

Grilli’s considerable chops are in full effect in each setting. The guitarist also crafts appealing musical portraits on the soothing “Pogo56,” which glides along on Harland’s “Poinciana” beat, and on the Brazilian-flavored “Far Away Shores,” which has Harland playing the kit with his hands on the first half before resorting to sticks and underscoring the proceedings with a percolating, interactive groove.

The rock-tinged “Radiance” suggests the influence of Radiohead and Kurt Rosenwinkel, while the lovely and atmospheric “Rings” is a ballad for the celestial rings around the planet Saturn.

The quartet takes things up a notch on the dynamic “Vertigo,” which has Grilli wailing with aggressive abandon against Harland’s whirling activity and Parks’ dramatic comping. This is an admirable outing by a new face on the scene." —Bill Milkowski 

1954 on The New York Times Playlist

Very honored to have my new record, 1954 was featured in the New York Times playlist by critic Nate Chinen.
 

"Ricardo Grilli is a postbop guitarist with a sideline interest in the cosmos. He crowded his new album, “1954,” with tracks bearing titles like “Cosmonauts” and “Radiance.” Rather than a gimmick, the concept feels like a natural fit for Mr. Grilli, who was born in São Paulo but now lives in Brooklyn, and has a taste for the ultramodern. There’s an attractively questing quality in the album’s opener, “Arcturus,” named after the brightest star in the Northern sky. Featuring an A-list rhythm team — the pianist Aaron Parks, the bassist Joe Martin, the drummer Eric Harland — it has a driving rock groove over which Mr. Grilli unfurls a coolly billowing solo." N.C.