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Duduka Da Fonseca: Plays Toninho Horta

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With Duduka Da Fonseca, you get two percussionists for the price of one. He is a master of intricate South American rhythmic forms, and a drummer who can kick your ass four beats to the bar.

Da Fonseca, who grew up in Brazil and moved to New York in 1975, has made excellent records as a leader and in cooperative ensembles like Trio Da Paz, Brazilian Trio and HD2. But he has never made an album as continuously seductive as this one. When he collaborates with a pianist, it is usually Helio Alves. Here it is David Feldman, from Rio de Janeiro. The bassist, from southern Brazil, is Guto Wirtti. Feldman does not possess Alves’ extravagant chops (few do), but he is an elegant, lyrical player with a touch that makes the piano sing.

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