João Erbetta explores Latin surf jazz in new instrumental CD NEW YORK, June 7th - Brazilian guitar-player and composer João Erbetta keeps chasing the connection between North American and Latin sounds in "Changes", his new Latin surf jazz CD. The production, mixed at Prairie Sun Recording by Tom Waits' producer Oz Fritz, brings together the freedom of jazz with country melodies, Latin rythmns and the technical allegories of surf music. "Changes" is the result of almost a year playing weekly at New York and Brooklyn clubs with his trio. During this period, he explored the melodic possibilities of his instrument with bass player Tim Luntzel (Roseanne Cash, Smokey Hormel) and drummer Andrew Borger (Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Anni di Franco). Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco (Thom Yorke, David Byrne, Forro in the Dark) joined the trio as special guest for the recording sessions at Excello studio in Brooklyn. The CD was literally delivered from the factory during The Living Room Guitar Festival. Erbetta opened the night on May 31st at the legendary Lower East Side club where Norah Jones started out, guitar icon Jim Campilongo has a weekly gig and where Erbetta himself got a residency in 2010. A total of 11 songs came out of this interpretation experience -- six covers and five original compositions. Three songs are from the New Orleans repertoire. "Big Butter and Eggman", which gained second line arrangement, "Tishomingo Blues" and "Mettez I Dehro", where a song from Martinique gained a Latin twist. Two classics as "Perfidia" and "Caravan" were mixed together with a darker mood for the second. "The Bucket Song" was an improvised on stage as crazy country balkan soundtrack to estimulate people to put money in the tip jar. Erbetta also pays hommage to the late Brazilian composer Zequinha de Abreu, the author of the famous hit "Tico Tico no Fuba", which comes from the same city in Sao Paulo as Erbetta's family. Abreu was immortalized with "Tico Tico" in Hollywood by Carmen Miranda in the 40's. Here Erbetta chooses a sadder and more traditional song called "Branca". "Hawaian Ballad (for Martina)" emulates a steel guitar with a Polinesic influence and "Quarta-Feira de Cinzas" is a Brazilian ciranda, composed thinking of the June festivities (festa junina) of the North of the South American country.