Diese Sambanacht wird ein langes Feuerwerk der Überraschungen. Schon allein die Bläsersätze! Reine Klangbomben. Dann die ins Ungewisse treibenden Schlagzeugrhythmen. Das sehnsuchtschwangere Flügelhorn, der satte Funkbass. Alles vibriert, atmet in Ekstase, jeder Moment zählt, nichts ist wie gewohnt.

the project

This compilation makes available on CD, sixty-seven minutes of music featuring highlights from two outstanding recordings by Marcio Montarroyos, Magic Moment and Carioca, as well as a track from Jon Hiseman's, A Night in the Sun. With signature upbeat Montarroyos flair, the tracks on Samba Solstice explore, persuade, and captivate, moving with smooth assurance through a gamut of complex compositions ranging from deeply personal jazz musings to ecstatic musical celebrations. Samba Solstice is endowed with a star-studded cast: musicians Ricardo Silveira to Sergio Dias, Jamil Joanes to Victor Biglione, and more create a conspiracy of excellence. Samba Solstice is flawless, from concept to execution, taking delight in the seemingly limitless boundaries of jazz.

As a composer, Montarroyos combined classical and jazz influences with Brazilian folk music, and African rhythms to create a masterful synthesis of big band energy and small group intimacy. His relentless creativity ensured that the compositions and arrangements are fresh and completely original.

the artist

Marcio Montarroyos was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1948 and studied European classical music for ten years before falling in love with the trumpet and flügelhorn. After attending Boston's Berklee School of Music, he returned to Rio to form his own group.

A renowned Brazilian session musician, Montarroyos was also at home in the Brazilian club scene. With a keen enjoyment of live engagements (personable and outgoing, Marcio warmed to his audience), he accompanied many American luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Carlos Santana, and Ella Fitzgerald. In the studio, Montarroyos arranged music and recorded extensively with Sergio Mendes, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Milton Nascimento, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, among others.

Montarroyos performed at numerous jazz events worldwide, including the São Paulo Montreux Jazz Festival and the Berlin Jazz Festival. He died on December 12, 2007 of lung cancer.




1 Introduction: Quilombo Dos Palmares 3'05"
2 Aruanda 7'32"
3 Ocean Dance 6'46"
4 Sunroof 6'52"
5 Samba Solstice 6'07"
6 Christina 6'52"
7 Carioca 6'55"
8 Patamar 5'52"
9 Magic Moment 4'43"
10 Pedra Bonita 5'05"
11 Makenna Beach 7'33"
  Total Time: 67'47"