Release: March 25th 2022
British jazz fusion guitarist Jules Hay rounds up an all-star group from the Brazilian state of Paraná for his sophomore album, Where Next? (25th March).
His debut album – From London to Little London (July 2020) – traced his journey from his home in the UKs capital to the Brazilian city of Londrina – aka ‘Little London.’
But what started out as a short-term recording project saw him locked down in South America for more than a year during the pandemic.
The subsequent months spent hanging out, playing and recording with local musicians brings him full circle; Where Next? was recorded in Brazil and finished back in the UK, essentially documenting his journey home.
Musically, the set of 9 original songs brings together infectious Brazilian rhythms and grooves with a modern jazz fusion sensibility.
Jules retains the core of his Brazilian band – Thiago Ueda (keys), Diogo Burka (Bass), Roger Aleixo & Elthon Dias (drums) whilst adding two renowned percussionists in Marcus Cesar (Lee Ritenour, Nathan East) & Maurício Bana to up the rhythmic ante.
These 6 in-demand musicians from the Londrina and São Paulo scenes add their own joyful playing and improvisations to the proceedings, resulting in an uplifting journey which celebrates an otherwise difficult time for musicians around the world.
Jules Hay | guitar
Diogo Burka | bass, vocals
Thiago Ueda | keys
Elthon Dias | drums
Roger Aleixo | drums
Marcus Cesar | percussion
Maurício Bana | percussion
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