Marcelo Cordova was born in Chile in 1973 and started to play bass at 18 years old. Soon he was playing in several local groups. In 2000 he played With Alex Acuna (legendary Weather Report drummer). He has also played/recorded with Raul Gutierrez Irazú Big band, Amadito Valdes, Jorge Pardo, Marcelo Martins, Paquito de Rivera and Claudio Roditi.
In 2002 he decided to move to France to study classical double bass. He lived in Paris for seven years where he played with various groups in different styles: Jazz, African, Latin, Fusion, Classical, Manouche, Flamenco, and Baroque. In France he played with Marcia Maria, Mario Canonge, Irving Acao (Irakere's sax player), Coco Rosie, Chinchivi, Jean Baptiste Laya, Dominique di Piazza, Reda Samba, Lukmil Perez Colectivo and his own group with top Parisian musicians.
In 2008 he released his first CD Viajes, with Chilean and Latin Rhythms, mixed with world music influence. In 2009, back in Chile, he has worked with several groups as a session musician and is on more than 30 albums.
In 2011-2012 he performed with Jorge Pardo (Paco de Lucia's flute player) and Marcelo Martins (Djavan´s sax player). After that, he invited them to record his second solo album TOC!
He also has released two albums with his acoustic trio Simetrío and recently he released an electronica-jazz album with his group CZDUO, released in vinyl only.
He plays EBS amps and Pavel basses.
Articles by Marcelo Cordova:
The other day I was watching Michael Brecker’s version of ¨Nothing Personal” in 9/8 meter. I really liked this version and the group that played it. After some research, I found a Norwegian band called Farmers Market. I then contacted bassist Finn Guttormsen, who during the chat explained to me why they play in irregular... »
I was sad to learn of the news of Allan Holdsworth’s passing. He left a great legacy to all guitarists and musicians in general, and his playing in the 70’s had a great impact on guitarists such as Frank Gambale, Bill Connors, Scott Henderson and even Eddie Van Halen. His way of playing the guitar... »
It’s been a long time since my last transcription because it’s summer here in South America, and I’ve been very busy working and playing. Recently I played with my latest project, , at the Lebu Jazz Festival. It’s a bass-drum duo with a lot of electronica. I also wrote “A Little Piece for Jaco,” for... »
This month I chose the self-titled track from Steely Dan’s 1981 record, as a focus of study. I had never heard this group before, though my friends told me all the time there are a lot of good studio musicians on the band’s records. I never was interested in their music until recently when I... »
This month, the transcription is dedicated to French bass virtuoso Dominique di Piazza. I think Dominique deserves more recognition in the bass world. Ask any bassist today – Hadrien Feraud, Matthew Garrison, Adam Nitti, and many more – and they will swear that di Piazza has had a profound influence on their bass playing. His... »
Today I’ll pay tribute to one of my bass heroes: Jimmy Johnson. His versatility always amazes me. He plays smooth jazz with his band Flim & the BB’s, he holds down the groove with James Taylor, and he always keeps the group together under complex harmonies with Allan Holdsworth. Johnson has a unique voice on... »
Today we will be tackling Jaco Pastorius’s bass line on the title track from Weather Report’s 1980 album, Night Passage. This is one of the best Weather Report albums. To me, it always sounds fresh and modern, like a timeless record. The group also includes drummer Peter Erskine and percussionist Robert Thomas Jr, who sound... »