Marco Llano Trio and Zephyros String Quartet – Odysseus – Album Review

With his new album “Odysseus”, Marco Llano raises our attention with an interesting and noteworthy release. Born on the Canary Islands, he started his career as a Trumpet player in Barcelona before he promoted in Jazz Studies in the Conservatoire of Brussels. He now works as a trumpeter, composer and arranger and lives between Tokyo, Barcelona and Brussels.
Odysseus may stands for that personal story, combining classical music and Jazz, taking the listener onto a musical journey across the globe. The album brings together a pianoless jazz trio – trumpet, double bass and drums – with a classical string quartet. It contains three innovative Jazz compositions plus a classical composition with four movements called “Suite Mediterranea”. The latter is solely played by the string quartet, and the four movements come between the Jazz arrangements, framing them together perfectly.
“Een Klein Bolero Voor U” – Flemish for a small Bolero for you – contains solos of the trumpet and the double bass and brings the strings into a dialogue with the two Jazz soloists. In “Tokyo’s Labyrinth”, the composer showcases his first musical impression of Japan. But the albums highlight may be “The Fighter” featuring Spanish Jazz guitarist Albert Vila. It is a very dynamic track with tense moments, showing Marco Llanos maturity as a composer and as a soloist on the trumpet.
Check Marco Llanos new album online and hear it on air on Jazz Radio Contemporary Jazz Club.

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