Sound It Out: “20 Questions” #10 — Ricardo Grilli

Hey folks,

It's been a minute, things have been busy this year with many rewarding gigs!
Recently I've had the opportunity to work with Bradley Bambarger, a great person, Journalist, Producer and mind behind the Sound It Out concert series. He sent me this great questionnaire that many musicians have been answering. Follow the link and check it out as well as many others like Matthew Shipp, Ben Monder, Ethan Iverson, Jeff Davis and many more.

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Sound It Out Series - Motian in Motion

I recently had the pleasure to take part in an event paying tribute to the legendary Paul Motian.

The event was conceived by Bradley Bambarger and organized by saxophonist Michael Attias. 

I can surely say it was one of the most fun and beautiful nights I've had playing music and I got to hear and perform with truly amazing musicians: Michael AttiasLoren StillmanDan Blake, and Adam Kolker; trumpeter Ralph Alessi; guitarist André Matos; pianists Frank KimbroughRuss Lossing, and Jacob Sacks; bassists Sean ConlyLim Yang, and Chris Lightcap; and drummers Vinnie SperrazzaHarris EisenstadtBilly MintzSatoshi TakeishiJeff Davis, and Francisco Mela. Definitely food for my soul. PHOTO CREDIT: CLARA PEREIRA WWW.JAZZTRAIL.NET

This is what music is about.


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!

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.