In his new CD “Em Movimento” (Moving), composer and contrabassist Zeli mixes songs with instrumental music. Anchored in the traditions of Brazilian Jazz and Song writing this new CD gathers ten tracks of his own music and brings bass upfront in creative and very personal arrangements of standards of Brazilian Music such as "Doce de Coco" (Jacó do Bandolim),"Desvairada" (Garoto), "Amphibious" (Moacir Santos) and "Nascente" (Flavio Venturini).
Zeli is considered one of the most complete and virtuosi Brazilian bass players today, and his second solo album has also special guests Badi Assad, Simone Guimarães, Tatiana Parra, Sizão Machado, Renato Anesi, Gil Reyes and Daniel D'alcantara, among others. The mix of strong melodies full of lyricism plus improvisations and Brazilian rhythms gives variety and enriches this work.
In most of the tracks the quartet accompanying Zeli is formed by Victor Alcantara (sax), Pedro Simao (acoustic and electric guitars), Antonio Baker (piano) and Edu Ribeiro (drums). “Em Movimento” (Moving) is a homage to Brazilian Music and a demonstration of its vitality by one of its most renowned artists.
Zeli has played with Badi Assad , Rosa Passos, Renato Motha, Cida Moreira, and Nuno Mindelis, among others and released 5 CDs with the group “Terra Brasil”, of which he is one of the founders
In 2002 he released his first solo – Voando Baixo (Flying Low) – Lua Records.
What critics said about his first CD:
“Brazilian Instrumental Music is at an exceptional moment – even to its exceptional history – and bassist and composer Zeli is happy and secure in this move. Zeli is the author of groovy and emotional songs (“Remexendo”, “Refugio”), and recovers classics such as “Carinhoso” and “Estrada Branca”. Arthur Nestrovski – Folha de Sao Paulo – 01/03/03.
“The first solo of composer, contrabassist and arranger Zeli follows the evolution line of the refined instrumental Brazilian music, mixing jazz and samba with elegance and virtuosity. Zeli shows how the bass can be the soloist in the arrangements, especially in the priceless version of Carinhoso”. Jose Roberto Santos Neves A Gazeta – Vitoria (ES) – 01/30/03
“Finally a more than deserved CD form renowned Brazilian contrabassist Zeli comes to make part of the rich and selected archive of the best in the modern Brazilian instrumental music, (…). The most important thing in this work is the rescue of our roots, what makes as not only listeners but also students of professor Zeli. Releases like this are always welcome!” Revista Cover Baixo – December 2003
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