118

Duduka Da Fonseca: Samba Jazz in Black & White

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Duduka Da Fonseca: Samba Jazz in Black & White Duduka Da Fonseca, perhaps best known as a founding member of Trio Da Paz, avers that he has been blending samba with jazz all his life. He showcased this in 2002 when he led a fine band of musicians on Samba Jazz Fantasia (Malandro Records) and directed a whole new load of listeners in the direction of the music close to his heart. Now comes another stint at the helm, and Da Fonseca turns the assimilation of the two forms into a sublime triumph.

If one undeniable trait of this recording springs out and latches on, it is the way in which the solid groove of the melody is expanded by the harmonious flights of the musicians. Da Fonseca gives the beat a flexibility and pulse, driving the tune and lighting a fire under the lead voice. On "Mestre Bimba he shows off a rhythm he moulded out of several forms into one. As he skitters and scampers and emphasizes the beat, the others give vent to their passion—Anat Cohen with jutting lines that curl across the upper registers of the soprano saxophone, Helio Alves affirming the melody with a percussive brightness, Guilherme Monteiro playing the guitar with thick, loquacious notes, enunciating the melody with some scampering jazz harmony.

Egberto Gismonti's composition "Palhaço is a charmer. Cohen, once again on the soprano, brings a fervour to her playing that finds her shaping and reshaping the melody, dissecting it and breaking it and then healing it again into one throbbing body. Alves is also a strong composer; his "Sambetinho shimmers like water under the bright sunlight. As a pianist, he brings to the fore the rich melody while Da Fonseca shapes the pulse, his sticks dancing on the cymbals and traps.

This is a deliciously delightful album.


Track Listing: Mestre Bimba; Janeiro; Bye Bye Brasil; Chorinho Pra Ele; Viver De Amor; Medo De Amar; Palhao; Terra De Angara (Intro); Terra De Angara; O Grande Amor; Sambetinho; Dry Land.

Personnel: Duduka Da Fonseca: drums, percussion; Helio Alves: piano; Leonardo Cioglia: acoustic bass; Anat Cohen: soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet; Guilherme Monteiro: electric and acoustic guitars; Maucha Adnet: vocals (1,6); Alana Da Fonseca: vocals (1); Vic Juris: guitar (5,6); Paulo Levi: tenor sax (5), flute (6); Claudio Roditi: trumpet (3).

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Zoho Music


Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Up Go We" CD/LP/Track Review Up Go We
by Budd Kopman
Published: August 4, 2016
Read "Ballast" CD/LP/Track Review Ballast
by Dave Wayne
Published: June 6, 2016
Read "Innri" CD/LP/Track Review Innri
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 4, 2016
Read "Bye" CD/LP/Track Review Bye
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 30, 2016
Read "Alba" CD/LP/Track Review Alba
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 7, 2016
Read "This Is Where I Live" CD/LP/Track Review This Is Where I Live
by James Nadal
Published: June 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!