The new GAZZARA album Portrait In Acid Jazz – number 7 in their discography – showcases the band’s exemplary and instantly recognisable way of producing jazz related music that stimulate the body while pleasing the mind. The group may have slimmed down from the first album’s seven-piece, but the original trio still blows roofs off wherever they play, live or in the studio. Adding the invaluable help of guest vocalists Lily Latuheru and Yasemin Sannino the new material recreates the unique atmosphere of early acid jazz era, when jazz and funk flirted with soul, bossa, disco and electronica. Instrumental toe tappers such as We Had A Ball and Jazid Wonderland sit well between gospel-soul vocal numbers as Heaven, Into the Night and Laces. Even lounge/bossa and disco/funk are still relevant, according to tunes as Jazz Is and Portuguese Soul. A portrait in acid jazz doesn’t mean a collection of covers, but an original album conceived and released with a deep passion for anything jazz related, the sparkle that led GAZZARA’s studio and live work in the past 20 years
Led by keyboardist, arranger and composer Francesco Gazzara they chose to make “jazz related music” that was as contemporary and relevant in the years as anything else coming out from the trend of the moment. This is why since 1996 their albums never sound the same despite their songs always keep a distinct “Gazzara” feel made of jazz, funk, bossa, lounge and soul influences.