All of the music I’ve chosen has been inspirational to me. The albums that these tracks are on started coming out around 1963, when I was a teenager, and I played along with them; that’s how I learned drumming, from listening to and watching the older musicians. These records represent the beginning of our conception of the style of Brazilian music we call samba jazz. And all of these picks have fantastic drummers.
Sérgio Mendes & Bossa Rio
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