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Igor Willcox Quartet

Igor Willcox Quartet is a Jazz Fusion group that has been captivating audiences worldwide with their electrifying performances and innovative sound. Formed by Igor Willcox on drums and compositions, Erik Escobar on electric piano and synth, Wagner Barbosa on saxophone, and Ricardinho Paraiso on bass, the group seamlessly blends jazz, funk, and fusion to create a unique and unforgettable musical experience.

Igor Willcox Quartet’s original compositions are a testament to the band's musicality, spontaneity, and synergy. The group explores all avenues of musical expression, creating songs that are both technically impressive and emotionally compelling. Their performances are nothing short of breathtaking, with each musician contributing their own unique voice to the band's sound


Igor Willcox Quartet has performed in some of the most prestigious Jazz clubs around the world, including, Yardbird Suite (Edmonton - Canada), Bourbon Street (Brazil), Blue Note, The Jazz Room (Waterloo - CA), Frankie’s Jazz (Vancouver- CA), Bucking Jam Palace (Calgary - CA), The Rex (Toronto-CA) to name just a few. They have also been invited to perform at various Jazz Festivals such as Nisville Jazz Festival (Serbia), Bansko Jazz Festival (Bulgaria), Summer Jazz Festival (Slovenia), North City Jazz Festival (Serbia), Panama Jazz Festival (Panama), Santos Jazz Festival (Brazil), Play Jazz Festival (Brazil), MB Jazz (Souza Lima Berklee), etc.


Their albums have been met with critical acclaim, receiving excellent reviews from major Jazz websites such as All About Jazz, World Music Report, and Jazz World Quest.

Jacques PAUPER of ColeursJazz in France described the band as "a Brazilian band that really gets you going (!) and excites your interlocutor as well as the audience, which is not mistaken. A jazz fusion of which this one operates as much with a conquered public."


Mike Jurkovic of All About Jazz noted that "one can immediately see and hear that Willcox doesn't mince words or his music. Two years into their collective existence and they play like vets, sizzling, braking, whirling, burbling along on percolating rhythms."


Igor Willcox  Quartet is a band that defies easy categorization," said Jazz World Quest. "Their music is fresh and unpredictable, with each song taking listeners on a journey that is both cerebral and emotional."


Igor Willcox Quartet’s passion for music is evident in everything they do, from their dynamic live performances to their critically acclaimed albums.

The group is a true testament to the power of Jazz Fusion, showcasing the depth and complexity of their musical style while maintaining a strong sense of artistic integrity.

They continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in instrumental music, earning them a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting bands on the Jazz Fusion scene today.


Live at Bansko Jazz Festival - Bulgaria

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"The Brazilian Igor Willcox Quartet‘s spectacular live performance, Live at Bansko Jazz Festival 2022 (Bulgaria), took place during that year’s Bansko Jazz Festival. The four virtuosos are known for their innovative musicianship, outstanding interaction, and captivating groove, and the new release perfectly captures the intensity and vibrancy of this stunning live performance . We hear a collection of catchy songs that were previously released on studio albums, now enhanced by the sparkling spontaneity propelled by the band’s drummer and leader, Igor Willcox, who is performing at his peak along his brilliant fellow musicians. He effortlessly switches between fast and slow rhythms, adding interesting rhythmic improvisations, mixing texture and dynamics with his known virtuosity. The album abounds in clever and entertaining solos. Erik Escobar on keys has impressive solo interventions of great impact on “Brotherhood” , “Message From Another Dimension” , UFO, “The Scare” “Thankful” and “Room 73”. Super-Saxophonist Wagner Barbosa is all over the place unleashing his creative force either interacting with his band mates or charming us with amazing solos on “North City” and “Room 73” just to mention a few . Glecio Nascimento on bass takes the spotlight on “North City”, “Room 73”. Overall this is an album for jazz fusion enthusiasts who will be excited to listen to a concert unique in inventiveness, dynamics and mastery" - Jazz World Quest - Canadá

Live at The Jaz Room - Canadá

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“Live at The Jazz Room”, recorded during its tour in Canada in April/2019. 

The album is available in Cd format and digital format on the most important streaming services. 

“Recorded during their 2019 Canadian tour “Live at The Jazz Room ” showcases the talent and energy of four well-matched virtuosic musicians who already made their way up to the top of the Brazilian Jazzfusion scene. The mood goes from subtle to passionate and upbeat the arrangements leaving enough space for each musician to show his best without restraint. and the album is plenty of such vibrant moments. Animated by the same kindred spirit the four artists make the music flow with joy and freedom.” – Jazz World Quest(Canada) .

The album is available in Cd format and digital format on the most important streaming services.


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“The first Live album of the Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox quartet, captures the spirit of a strongly welded band performing at a high voltage in the most impassioned and interactive way. It features seven original songs along with three compositions by jazz fusion legends such as Allan Holdsworth, Wayne Shorter and Lenny White.
Ten tracks of unexpected, creative interactions resulted from the combined strength of four virtuosi musicians, each of them contributing with their inventive skills to a perfect fusion of musicality and rhythm. “Fans of jazz fusion will enjoy a high-quality album delivered by a phenomenal band fueled by the natural energy of like minds playing as a singular voice”.  - Jazz World Quest - Canada

Check out the complete review on All About Jazz, one of the most important jazz sites of the world.

Listen to the albums on your favorite streaming service:

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Band Members

Wagner Barbosa (saxophone) 

Known for his modern  and complex approach to improvisation, Wagner has collaborated with various renowned artists in the music industry, including legendary bassists Celso Pixinga and Jeff Andrews, as well as the iconic guitar figure Mike Stern and the brazilian group Silibrina. His music serves as a bridge between tradition and innovation, pushing jazz to new horizons.


Erik Escobar (keyboards) 

Erik is a pianist, composer, and singer known for his charisma, sensitivity, and unique playing style. His original albums have been released by prominent labels in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, with a standout record being "New Samba Jazz" (2006), which remained the best-seller on the Altrisuoni label for five years. Erik has also had the opportunity to play with renowned artists such as Gilberto Gil, Bob Mintzer, John Riley, Bocato, Michael Pipoquinha, and others.

His music is an enthralling journey that transcends borders and touches the hearts of those who listen.

Ricardinho Paraíso (bass) 

Ricardinho is an internationally recognized bassist for his remarkable skills on the instrument. With a refined technique, he has garnered praise from bass experts worldwide, including the respected Scott Bass Lessons. In addition to his musical expertise, Ricardinho maintains a strong presence on social media, with over 70,000 followers on Instagram, making him an inspiring influence for the new generation of bassists.


Igor Willcox (drums/composer)

Igor is considered one of the most important drummers in Brazil, having played and recorded with a roster of legendary artists from the national and international music scenes. His dynamic and propulsive drumming style has garnered critical acclaim from fans and critics alike, earning him a reputation as a versatile and gifted musician.

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