Lake of Perseverance

Lake of Perseverance

by Dom Um Romão


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Lake of Perseverance

Looking at the art work on Dom Um Romão's Lake of Perseverance, one immediately thinks of CTI's famous LP covers of the '70s. Back then, CTI's album covers had an instantly recognizable style, and a very CTI-minded look graces the front and back covers of Lake of Perseverance. But this diverse CD is not a CTI album from the '70s. Lake of Perseverance, an Italian release, wasn't recorded until 2000, and it was not produced by CTI founder Creed Taylor -- the producer is Brazilian percussionist/arranger Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Lake of Perseverance does not fit neatly into one particular category. Some of the material is post-bop jazz; Romão brings his distinctly Brazilian style of drumming to Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa" as well as two gems from John Coltrane's modal repertoire (the lovely "Naima" and Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue"). But Lake of Perseverance is not an album for jazz purists or jazz snobs -- many of the tunes, in fact, are Brazilian pop and even club-oriented dance music. Those who consider themselves jazz snobs will not be glad to learn that the hypnotic instrumental "House Carnival" is house music or that the funky "Groovestation" has a strong hip-hop influence. Nor would a jazz snob appreciate the alternative rock-minded "Sanctuary"/"Tenacão," which features Brazilian singer Ithamara Koorax and almost sounds like a Portuguese-language take on some of Blondie and Debbie Harry's moodier offerings. Koorax also soars an exuberant version of Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada." But for all its diversity, Lake of Perseverance doesn't sound erratic or confused -- somehow, Romão manages to give this album a certain continuity. Nonetheless, Lake of Perseverance is strictly for those who have eclectic tastes, and people who are broad-minded enough to appreciate a wide variety of music will find the disc to be excellent.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2001
Label: Irma Records
UPC: 5099750160923
catalogNumber: 42780

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dom Um Romão   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Dorival Caymmi   Acoustic Guitar
Deodato   Keyboards
Danilo Caymmi   Vocals,Wood Flute
Arnaldo DeSouteiro   Percussion
Tony Scherr   Bass
Marcelo Salazar   Percussion,Conga,Timbales
Jose Carlos Ramos   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Kumpel   Guitar
Ricardo Bomba   Keyboards
Ithamara Koorax   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jorge Pescara   Bass,Stick Bass
Paula Faour   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
K   Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Ricardo Mendes   Guitar
Luciano Alves   Piano,Keyboards
Ricardo Palmeira   Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Fernando Carvalho   Acoustic Guitar,Cavaquinho
Nani Palmeira   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
DJ Marcelinho da Lua   Turntables

Technical Credits

Deodato   Arranger,Programming
Danilo Caymmi   Arranger
Arnaldo DeSouteiro   Arranger,Producer
Dom Um Romão   Executive Producer,Vocal Effect
Marcelo Salazar   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Teddy Kumpel   Arranger
Paula Faour   Arranger
K   Arranger
Fernando Rebelo   Engineer
Luciano Alves   Arranger
Minoru Wakasugi   Liner Notes
Nani Palmeira   Arranger,Programming
DJ Marcelinho da Lua   Arranger,Programming

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