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Duduka da Fonseca Trio: Plays Dom Salvador (Sunnyside)

Review of the Brazilian drummer's tribute to his piano-playing countryman

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Cover of album Duduka da Fonseca Trio Plays Dom Salvador
Cover of album Duduka da Fonseca Trio Plays Dom Salvador

Samba jazz and bossa nova are two parallel streams of Brazilian music. Both emerged around 1960. Samba jazz hits harder. The Brazilian musicians who invented it loved American players like Art Blakey and John Coltrane.

Rio 65 Trio, by pianist/composer Dom Salvador, is one of the seminal recordings of samba jazz. When it was released, Duduka da Fonseca was 14 and had been playing drums for a year. The album redirected the course of his life. He hadn’t known that subtle, intricate Brazilian rhythms and edgy, high-impact jazz could be blended. He practiced along with the LP for hours on end. In 1975 he moved from Rio de Janeiro to New York, and he’s since spent his career refining his integration of the two musical languages he loves.

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