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Bassist/composer Marcelo Maccagnan's versatility and dynamic playing on display in new release
(Published: January 10, 2021)

Marcelo Maccagnan is a talented bass player and composer based in New York City. His style is incredibly versatile, and he has an attentive dynamic approach to the instrument, allowing for a more expressive and full tone. His most recent studio release is an album titled Boundless.

This record features six songs, including the excellent opener, "Husks," which nearly extends up to seven minutes. The track is a great example of the modern jazz/fusion style that makes this album special. Andrew Cheng contributed with his guitar tone, while drummer Kelvin Andreas laid down a solid beat that's sophisticated, yet not too over-the-top, enabling the combo to focus on the arrangement as opposed to simply go all out with jamming. The second track is the lengthiest on the album, clocking in at slightly over the 8-minute mark. This song is called "Land of No Heroes," and it is a mellow, understated song that feels like one of the most personal and introspective moments on this album. I love the modulation effects on the guitar, which are very subtle, yet quite instrumental in making the sound more spacious and deep.

The third song, "Boundless" is worthy of being the title-track. The song exemplifies the creative openness that defines this record, taking the sound of the band to the very next level. The fourth song, "Don't Think," is quite special and it sets the bar higher with some astonishing production aesthetics and one of the most intricate and artistically rewarding performances captured on this EP.

The following track, "Dreamcatcher," is as fascinating and hypnotic as the title might suggest. This song makes me think of the same approach featured on "Land of No Heroes," but in this case, there is more room for lead sections and extensive soloing, giving the song a more experimental edge that feels really endearing.

Last, but not least, "Closed Eyes" is another extended composition, featuring almost eight minutes of incredibly spontaneous and fresh sounds, tipping the hat off to Afro-Cuban jazz, but still retaining a personal and distinctive sound.

More Information: https://marcelomaccagnan.bandcamp.com/album/boundless

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