Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2013: Sunday

Sunday shortly before noon, the festival continued with saxophonist Rocco Ventrella who did his own 45 minutes show, he kicked it off with a cool cover of an r&b classic, next was "Teresa Margarita" from his current release Sweet Temptation, featuring a swaying reggae vibe, after that he turned up the heat with "Rocco Funk", before he settled into "Knock On Wood" and one more picture perfect smooth jazz song, before he invited singer Ilaria De Robertis onto the stage, she comes from Bari, Italy like Rocco. She did two songs and won the audience over in heartbeat with her heartfelt singing, she actually gave me goose bumps! They finished the show with a shuffling blues number, having Marc Antoine and Matt Marshak joining in. Rocco Ventrella did an excellent show and is a player to watch!

After that, guitarist Marc Antoine and keyboardist Brian Simpson did their show, first each one featured one of his songs, before Brian Simpson did his "South Beach" on the keytar, allowing him to get to the center of stage. Then it was Marc Antoine's turn for a couple of his tracks, then Brian Simpson did "Brazilia" that got its inspiration from a trip to Rio, then another latin groover from Marc, which really blended nicely into the flow of music. One personal highlight was Brian doing his sensuous "Let's Get Close" which culminated in a great piano solo. After that it was "Saturday Cool", which segued in Grover Washingtin, Jr.'s "Mr. Magic" having Brian stepping out into the audience with his keytar, allowing for one more slapping bass solo by Marius Goldhammer, marking the highlight of the show.

I had to rush off after that track to catch my bus to the airport, which was a bit early for my needs, but anyway, I got loads of outstanding music by a bunch of world-class players over the course of this festival. In addition, I met many old and new friends, chatted with other music aficionados, enjoyed the excellent facilities of the hotel and had a great time in Mallorca. I have marked my calendar for next year already, the Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2014 will take place April 30 - May 4, 2014, at the same location. See you there!

Smot