Erik ESCOBAR - New Brazilian Trio EP [TLM027]
Label: Ten Lovers Music
Although he began his career as an 11-year-old prodigy back in 1990, it took Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and producer Erik Escobar until 2020 to deliver a debut solo album. Last year he joined Ten Lovers Music to deliver a follow-up - a full-length collaboration with Stretto - and here returns to the label with his latest project: a 'new Brazilian trio' that draws inspiration from a combination of jazz-fusion, samba-jazz, jazz-funk and spiritual jazz. It's a brilliant EP all told, with highlights including the high-octane brilliance of 'Samba For Petrucciani', the carnival-ready excellence of the Azymuth-esque 'Arcanjo Miguel', the jazz guitar sporting laidback vibes of 'Change of Plan' and the colourful jazz-funk of 'Maracana Funk'.