Music Morsels

October 2007

by Mark Waterbury
  Marea Alta

Marea Alta - Live in Buckhead

The Latin influenced jazz created by Atlanta based combo Marea Alta is the type that draws you in with catchy grooves, then making you pay rapt attention to the stellar musicianship. Led by keyboardist J. Santiago Nunez, you can feel a sort of laid back vibe as if the songs were all created via jam sessions, combined with a tightness that is the spawn of experience and talent. Everyone in the band gets to display their chops, and sax lovers will no doubt be thrilled with Nick Longo’s pyrotechnics on the alto. The songwriting is unique, weaving varied jazz influences with a deft sprinkling of Latin spice. From the frenetic “Monte Carlo” to the mellower “Mexico Beach,” this is one highly enjoyable musical journey.


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