Torcuata Mariano – Diary
(215 Music – 2004)
by Paula Edelstein
On Diary, guitarist Torcuato Mariano delivers an accomplished blend of smooth Brazilian jazz that wisks your imagination away to romantic nights on sandy shores and the feel of blue ocean breezes on your face and through your hair. Accompanied by such respected musicians as Carlos Bata on drums, Armando Marcal on percussion, Paulinho Calasans on keyboards, among others, Torcuato Mariano’s expertise on acoustic and electric guitars, sitar, keyboards and vocals reaches a new level of appreciation that tops his previous releases. Inspired by nature, love and memorable people, Torcuato delivers on eleven stunning arrangements including “May,” “Blue Bossa,” and “Mariana.”
“Paula,” is a pretty ballad that combines the rhythmic pulse, melodic phrasing and smooth energy needed to evoke the poetic imagery Mariano was moved to write about. Marcelo Martins’ soprano sax work is involved and Torcuato’s guitar chords speak to the heart. “The Mission,” is a pensive, placid fusion of cool jazz elements with various Brazilian rhythms that set the mind at ease and “Where Love Will Take,” is a romantic piece that evokes the passionate side of Mariano. Reminiscent of Peter White and Marc Antoine, Torcuato Mariano is splendid in his delivery of the essence of smooth jazz guitar. DIARY is a brilliant offering that showcases the heart and soul of Torcuato mariano. Lovin’ it! Learn more about Torcuato Mariano at www.215music.com.