Oriol Roca - drums
Giovanni Di Domenico - piano
Manolo Cabras - double bass

Recorded at Studio Grez, Brussels February 18th 2017

Mixing & Mastering: Manolo Cabras
Production: Oriol Roca & Rogé
Artwork & Photography: Àlex Juan

Available on cd
release 15 september 2017


The Barcelona percussionist Oriol Roca has performed alongside some of the best improvisers and composers of creative music in Catalonia, as well as collaborating with figures like the Italian Paolo Angeli and Norwegian Jan Bang. But this is the first time Roca leads and writes music for his own band. He is accompanied by two old comrades, the pianist Giovanni di Domenico and the double bass player Manolo Cabras, two Italian musicians based in Brussels.

The natural communication between them – built after more than fifteen years playing together – is the perfect canvas for Roca's music, that demands subtlety and a strong musical personality. The pianist Giovanni Di Domenico (Nate Wooley, Arve Henriksen, Jim O'Rourke) and double bassist Manolo Cabras (Charles Gayle, Erik Vermeulen, Enrico Rava) are two of the most personal voices on the European jazz and improvisation scene. Together they form a trio built on complicity, risk and friendship.

Oriol Roca is now débuting as leader and composer with a record of high emotional intensity, sometimes serene and at others volcanic, where north is always the melody.

I've been poking around drummer Oriol Roca's music for a couple years now, and he always finds a way to gain interest Dave Summer, Bird is the Worm (USA)

Oriol Roca rebondit d'une rythmique à l'autre, colore plus qu'il ne percute, dessine des mouvements d'air plus qu'il ne structure Diane Gastellu, Citizenjazz (FR)

Oriol Roca est un batteur doublé d'un percussionniste à la recherche de colorations nouvelles. Claude Loxhay, Jazzaround (BE)


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"Oriol Roca est de ces batteurs qui nous démontrent, par cette grande sensibilité qui le caractérise à la fois comme musicien et comme compositeur, que l'art de la percussion consiste à souligner l'impulsion d'une musique, non de taper sur quoi que ce soit. 'Mar' est un album gorgé de plaisirs éphémères, une musique qui prend le temps d'être concise, pour aller à l'essentiel et ne dire les choses qu'une fois."   Raphaël Benoit, Citizen Jazz (12/11/2017)

"It's an uneasy serenity Oriol Roca settles into on his new recording Mar. All of the ingredients necessary for a strong dose of tranquility are present: melodic fragments suggestive of possible endings, the murmur of percussion like slow, easy breaths while dreaming, and highly-charged, vivid imagery. But the drummer, along with his trio of pianist Giovanni Di Domenico and double bassist Manolo Cabras achieve a tone that is subtly ominous and reveals a strange beauty."   Dave Sumner, Bird Is The Worm, Your Sunday Morning Jazz Album (01/10/2017)


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1. Straight line
O. Roca - 08:44

2. What's next?
O. Roca - 05:50

3. Cançó sense lletra
O. Roca - 08:06

4. Heart's hiccups
G. Di Domenico - 07:10

5. In Dyotta
M. Cabras - 04:24

6. Cançó de bressol
O. Roca - 03:31

7. You're not Maurice Chevalier
O. Roca - 04:06

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eNR067 2017