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Duduka da Fonseca: Jive Samba

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If you think that Brazilian-influenced jazz might be a bit passé, you don’t know Duduka. Drummer Duduka da Fonseca, that is, who wrote the book on Brazilian drumming, literally, with his Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset, first published in 1993. Ever since he moved to the U.S. from his native Rio de Janeiro in 1975, the two-time Grammy nominee has been a mainstay of the lively New York City Brazilian jazz scene, a first-call session drummer and the pulsating heart of no fewer than four concurrent groups, including the Brazilian Trio (with pianist Helio Alves and bassist Nilson Matta) and the formidable Trio da Paz (with Matta and guitarist Romero Lubambo), a New York-based quintet with multi-reeds player and Brazilophile Anat Cohen, and a Brazil-based piano trio.

The simple, ambitious idea for this album is to take 10 Brazil-inspired masterpieces by great American jazz composers-Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and John Scofield among them-and play them with more of a Brazilian accent. This he accomplishes brilliantly with his Rio-based trio of David Feldman on piano and Guto Wirtti on bass.

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