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