Devotion and Surrender

by Mauricio Pedrosa

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There's not a massive section dedicated to the solo albums of Brazilian keyboard players in my music collection, but if there was, this one from acclaimed ivory-tinkler Mauricio Pedrosa would certainly sit near the top.
Why? Because 'Hard Rock Summit - Devotion and Surrender', his fifth solo release, is a fantastically trippy journey through some of the finest blues infused rock numbers you will ever come to hear. So, never mind Joe Bonamassa, here's Mauricio Bossanova!
We're graced with nine glorious instrumentals that will have you kicking back with a cold beer and piece of mind in no time at all. Opener 'Mairipop City' sets the pace for an album that sets the bar high and maintains it throughout. 'Tetris' follows next, piecing together a flawless musical experiment with guitar work so elegant it reminds me in places of Dire Straits.
Yet in other places, 'The Canyon' for instance, I feel a warm, seventies era, Fleetwood Mac air. We're even treated to some high class harmonica along the way, its addition blowing a lusciously smokey vibe deep into the heart of the jazz club groove. It's a thoroughly enjoyable exercise and the approach to the music clearly comes straight from the heart.
'Hard Games' a personal favourite for me, a real highlight of this 'Hard Rock Summit...' and one of four tracks that feature the exquisite guitar talents of Misconducters band leader, Den. A guy more accustomed to thrashing out punk edged metal, he switches seamlessly to this amazing style that shows just how wide and versatile his musical tastes and talents are. Truly superb stuff.
Through it all Mauricio provides a solid backbone to each of the tunes, injecting flourishes of bouncing notes that jump like crazed fleas from key to key. A style that will have him noted as something of a South American Ray Manzarek, just listen to 'Railroad Boogie' for evidence of that. But Mauricio ain't no one trick pony and his styles fluctuate from track to track keeping the whole thing fresh. 'Devotion', for example, has echoes of Ken Hensley's finest 'Sunrise' moments. I love that and I seriously recommend checking it out.
It's damn near perfect!
Matt Phelps - Decibel Shower Online

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released September 4, 2016

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Mauricio Pedrosa São Paulo, Brazil

Tecladista, vocalista, compositor e produtor. Foi integrante da banda de Rita Lee, Walter Franco, Made in Brazil e Ursa Maior. Nos anos 80 emplacou um sucesso nacional, "Só Delírio" com a banda Telex. No blues, acompanhou vários artistas americanos. É colaborador da Revista Teclas & Afins, onde escreve sobre piano blues. Em 2001, participou do Festival Internacional de Jazz de Montreal. ... more

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