As a fan of Soundgarden, I was excited to receive a pitch regarding Brazilian bassist Marcelo Maccagnan who just released a mind-blowing cover of Black Hole Sun. After a few listens, I was extremely impressed to say the least. Maccagnan has established himself as an exciting bandleader and in-demand sideman on the New York scene. Growing up playing a whole range of styles – rock, electronic music, Brazilian, pop – he first moved to Boston to study jazz at Berklee College of Music where he got the chance to perform with big names such as Kenny Werner and Tigran Hamsyan.
Three years and two albums later, he has refined a truly authentic fusion of sounds such as jazz, Brazilian music and progressive rock, which, whilst modern and electric, never loses sight of the improvisation and communication central to jazz. His second album “Boundless” features Andrew Cheng on Guitar and Kelvin Andreas on Drums, exploring a mix of styles from Pat Metheny and Donny McCaslin to Radiohead and Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Maccagnan’s latest single, the unique cover of “Black Hole Sun” is a must-listen. The musicianship, coupled with Maccagnan’s brilliant arranging make this song a complete winner.
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