Samba Jazz Fantasia

Samba Jazz Fantasia

by Duduka Da Fonseca

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Samba Jazz Fantasia

"Fantasia" aptly describes this exuberant debut by drummer/percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca. Many tracks feature him with his partners in Trio da Paz (guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta), but there's also a rotating cast of jazz heavyweights: guitarist John Scofield, trumpeters Tom Harrell and Claudio Roditi, saxophonists Joe Lovano, David Sanchez, and Billy Drewes, pianists Kenny Werner and Marc Copland, and more. The results are upbeat, melodic, and richly textured, with ample and inspired improvisations -- the above names virtually guarantee it. Da Fonseca includes three of his own compositions: the odd-metered "Partido Out," the Tyner-esque "Dona Maria" (a tour de force for Kenny Werner and Billy Drewes), and the bright finale, "Manhattan Style." There are also original entries by Scofield, Harrell, Lubambo, and Helio Alves, along with gems by Dori Caymmi, Jobim, and others. The blend of electric and acoustic guitars (courtesy of Scofield and Lubambo) on "Pro Flavio" is one of the album's many winning moments; Da Fonseca sets up the track with a two-minute "Berimbau Fantasia." Albums like these raise the creative bar for Brazilian jazz, bringing the form squarely into the new millennium.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2008
Label: Anzic Records
UPC: 0896434001139
catalogNumber: 3101

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duduka Da Fonseca   Primary Artist,Drums,Bells,Berimbau,Caxixi,Vibraslap,Cuica
Eddie Gomez   Bass
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone
John Scofield   Guitar
Dennis Irwin   Bass
Lisa Ono   Vocals
Valtinho Anastacio   Percussion
Jay Ashby   Trombone
Alfredo Cardim   Piano
Marc Copland   Piano
Tom Harrell   Flugelhorn
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar
Nilson Matta   Bass
Richard Perry   Tenor Saxophone
Claudio Roditi   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dom Salvador   Piano
Kenny Werner   Piano
Maucha Adnet   Vocals
Billy Drewes   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Helio Alves   Piano
Alana Da Fonseca   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Scofield   Arranger
Alfredo Cardim   Arranger
Duduka Da Fonseca   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Troy Halderson   Engineer
Tom Harrell   Arranger
Romero Lubambo   Arranger
Elizabeth Jobim   Cover Painting
Helio Alves   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Rick Warm   Executive Producer
Chico Adnet   Arranger,Horn Arrangements

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