Mário Gaiotto: Cosmopaulista 

Drummer leads piano and bass in filtering modern jazz through the lense of styles local to São Paolo and its environs


Cosmopaulista transports us to one of Brazil’s busiest and most diverse cities, Sao Paulo. Through 10 original compositions, this trio of Brazilians portray the city’s rich musical culture, with drummer and composer Mário Gaiotto leading the way.

Sao Paulo’s multiculturalism is something that Giaotto strives to incorporate into his jazz. Throughout the record we find traces of a wide range of Brazilian styles, including maracatu from Recife, baruque de umbigada from Sao Paulo, pagode de viola from Minas Gerais, and choro and the maxixe from Rio de Janerio. Gaiotto claims that his music not only represents the people from Brazil, but those from other countries who have found a new home in Sao Paulo – Jews, Arabs, Turks, Europeans and Americans, for example. 

Bassist Sidiel Vieira and pianist Daniel Grajew join Gaiotto on his mission. The blend between the three musicians is natural and enriching and their improvisations extremely enjoyable.

Cosmopaulista shows strong compositional creativity and rhythmic virtuosity and there is novelty in the fact the three players translate their sound knowledge of local styles into good jazz. 

Going To Maghreb; Tempura De Maxixe; Jerusalem; Ouro Preto; Seventy Times Seven; Tambu E Viola; Raining; Enquanto Voce Dormia; Armenian Jazzy Metal; Maracapiba (56.00)
Gaiotto (d); Daniel Grajew (p); Sidiel Vieira (b). Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2021.