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Jorge Pescara - Grooves in the Temple - Jazz Hot Magazine France

Enregistré de 2000 à 2004, Rio de Janeiro Voice Print 114 (www.voiceprint.com.br) Né en 1966 au Brésil, Jorge Luis Pescara voue un culte particulier à deux bassistes électriques : Monk Montgomery, le frère de Wes, et Jaco Pastorius. Sa musique s’articule autour de trois axes : la basse électrique ; la rock music des années soixante et soixante-dix et bien sûr la musique brésilienne. C’est une composition d’un bassiste, Ben Tucker, qui ouvre de façon très dilettante avec le son bien gras de Widor Santiago (bs), ce Grooves in the Temple. Puis nous abordons le Brésil avec les voix exquises d’Ithamara Koorax et Eumir Deodato, pour une pièce toute en langueur avec l’appui du Fender Rhodes de Deodato. Luis Bonfa est présent pour l’un de ses derniers enregistrements (« Sofisticada »). Avec «Miles-Miller », le Brésilien nous replonge dans l’atmosphère du Miles Davis Group période Tutu ou Amandala, quand Marcus Miller constituait un rouage essentiel de cette formation. Le leader rend ensuite hommage à Jaco Pastorius en compagnie d’un batteur de qualité en la personne de Don Um Romão, ancien batteur de Julian Cannonball Adderley. Le bassiste expose «The Great Emperor of the Bass » de façon plus délicate que foudroyante, tandis que «Meteor», l’étude pour Mr. Pastorius est exposée au stick (instrument à dix cordes). Enfin, ses reprises rock sont originales, notamment «Kashmir » de Led Zep où Pescara utilise une basse fretless de huit cordes alors que José Carlos Ramos (ts) prend la place de Robert Plant. Le groove latin de Pescara est à la fois frais et de bon aloi. Michel Maestracci Jazz Hot Magazine France

Pescara & Megatar

Jorge Pescara, the Brazillian bass sensation, whose debut CD (“Grooves in the Temple”) gathered rave reviews around the world, has the big talents. (“Combines great melodic lines with energetic rhythmic swing and astonishing grooves, creating solos of moving beauty, using his classical training to obtain a very special touch on the bass.” -- VoicePrint, UK) While playing with his band at Rock in Rio Cafe, Pescara was discovered by Arnaldo DeSouteiro in 1998, and was hired by Dom Um Romao as bassist for his group in 1999. Pescara also took part in an all-star benefit project (“Street Angels”) for the London-based Bongo label, playing on tracks led by Luiz Bonfa, Pingarilho, and Ithamara Koorax. In his Grooves in the Temple album, recorded over four years in Rio and New York, he is backed by living legends of the Brazillian jazz scene (musicians who have played with Weather Report, Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sergio Mendes, Chicago, Joe Cocker, and Chick Corea). Pescara has been compared to bass legend Jaco Pastorius by more than one reviewer. Here’s what he says about his Mobius Megatar ToneWeaver -- “With Megatar ToneWeaver I’ve found a whole new world in front of me. A huge range of tones and sound possibilities. My inner search is easier from now on. Ten fingers, twelve strings, and a thousand tones. Megatar & I ... a true dream!” In addition to his busy performing, recording, and touring schedule, Pescara has also written several books on bass and bass technique, and regularly contributes articles (including one about Mobius Megatar) for Cover Baixo magazine. Learn more about Jorge Pescara on his website at http://www.jorgepescara.com.br Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen. The show is about to begin ... http://www.megatar.com/english/songs/Pescara/pescara.html

Pescara's Grooves in the Temple review by All About Jazz USA

Pescara is a young Brazilian bass player. With the technique worthy of Jaco Pastorious and the sublime feel for the groove, he is a sensation in every respect. On this, his debut album, he is supported by virtually every great Brazilian jazz master, including Dom Um Romao, Luiz Bonfa, the legendary Eumir Deodato and many many more. The album took 4 years of careful recording and the result is exceptional. The music, mostly written by Pescara, includes also tunes by Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, showing his rock roots as well. Definitely groovy! ====================== Have Fun! __________________ Adam Baruch allaboutjazz

Jorge Pescara -- Grooves in the Temple/JSR by Dusty Groove USA

Jorge Pescara -- Grooves in the Temple/JSR (Brazil), 2005 A modern groover, but one with a feel that takes us back to the classic days of CTI and Kudu in the 70's! Bassist Jorge Pescara's got a lean, clean sound that's somewhere in the best early style used by Jaco Pastorius -- captured here in a set of larger arrangements that still tight enough to keep things soulful and funky, and which great use of the fullness of the sound without making things too slick at all. A few tracks definitely have a more modern approach and more electric production, but overall the sound's really going for a classic feel on most tracks. Guests on a session include Luiz Bonfa, Dom Um Romao, Deodato and Paula Faour -- and titles include "Sofisticada", "Funchal", "Kashmir", "Grooves in the Temple", "The Great Emperor of the Bass", "Power of Soul" and "Laura Lee" (From the Brazil cd, M-Z various, page)

Pescara's cd review by Cadence Magazine USA

Cadence vol 32, Nº8, August 2006..:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" / Comin' Home Baby / Laura Lee / Miles-Miller / Kashmir / Grooves in the Temple / The Great Emperor of the Bass / Power of Soul / Funchal / Sofisticada / Meteor - Etude for Mr. Pastorius / Black Widow. 70:49 Pescara, el b, stick, el bow, kybd, b, vcl; Ithamara Koorax, Sergio Vid, Guilherme Isnard, vcl; Claudio Zoli, g, vcl; Luiz Bonfa, Dino Rangel, Claudio Kote, Dudu Caribe, g; Andre Gomes, sitar; Eumir Deodato, el p, vcl; Glauton Campello, el p, kybd; Paula Faour, synth; Joao Paulo Mendonça, el p, kybd, flt; Mauricio Barros, org; Dom Um Romao, d, perc, vcl; Nick Remo, Joao Palma, Guto Goffi, Alfredo Dias Gomes, Manny Monteiro, Sergio Nacife, d; Claudio Infante, d, perc; Mila Schiavo, Ricardo Brasil, Laudir de Oliveira, Sidinho Moreira, perc; Akira Akurai, taiko; Jose Carlos ramos, ss as, ts, bari s; Widor Santiago, bari s; Roberto Marques, tbn; Vander Nascimento, flgh; Diogenes de Souza, Fr hn; Jefferson Nery, ob; Sergio Malafaia, bsn; DJ Dudu Dub, turntables. 2000-04, Rio de janeiro, Brazil. For his debut recording as leader, electric bassist Jorge Pescara drives through a world of Latin Jazz, Soul Jazz, Fusion, Rock, and exotic Pop. The album's title track combines a tradicional Eastern melody and mesmerizing vamps with a Western techno-dance rhythm. Sitar meets trombone, as the leader's electric bass pushes hard. A tribute to the Fusion work of Miles Davis and Marcus Miller, homenage to Jaco Pastorius and Jimi Hendrix, as well as several traces of the leader's Brazilian heritage give the album variety with a contemporary flavor. "Kashmir" and "Power of Soul", the two longest selections of the album, are re-created at the end as bonus vocal tracks with Guilherme Isnard feature on one and Sergio Vid feature on the latter. Both the longer versions and the shorter, vocal arrangements come with a built-in charm that expresses the influences that electric bassists have had on contemporary popular music. Pescara blends his instrumental voice within each ensemble, driving the beat and adding thunderous walls of electric bass power. Two duets with percussionist Dom Um Romao and one with Claudio Infante reveal a lyrical bassist who favors consonant harmonies and a reflective landscape. His legato tones serve to color most selections with a seamless layer of soul. A guest apperance by Luiz Bonfa, on acoustic guitar, finds Pescara walking the bass in a lovely mainstream Jazz affair quite unlike the rest of the session. For the most part, the electric bassist offers soulful grooves that sparkle with fiery energy, a contemporary backbeat, and plenty of amplified sound. Jim Santella

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