Duduka Da Fonseca
With Special Guest Maucha Adnet
Two Appearances On the Same Day
Thursday, July 25th  12:15 – 1:45 PM
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New CD
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio
“New Samba Jazz Directions”
( Zoho ZM201310)
Street Date: 07/09/2013Duduka Da Fonseca: drums
David Feldman: piano
Guto Wirtti: bass

Samba and Bossa Nova (which originated from Samba) have been at the heart of my playing since the beginning. They are usually played on the drum set, with the traditional ostinato pattern (dotted eighth / sixteenth notes) played on the bass drum. The “Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66” album, with João Palma on drums, is a good basic example of this way of playing. But I believe that in Samba or Bossa Nova one can also choose to use the bass drum much more freely, without the obligation of playing the traditional ostinato pattern the whole time, using the bass drum to play syncopated accents as an accompanying voice. I sometimes like to alternate between the two approaches, even in the same song. I also love “feathering” the bass drum; a technique, as the word implies, in which you play very softly. In America, modern Jazz bass drum syncopations and accents were developed by Kenny Clarke (1914-1985), who found a way to match the new conversational language of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Growing out of the styles of Chick Webb, Papa Jo Jones and “Big” Sid Catlett, Kenny Clarke’s innovations paved the way for Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones and many others, and changed the approach of Jazz drummers all over the world.

The concepts that were created by these legendary Jazz drummers were eventually adapted to Samba Jazz and Bossa Nova drumming. In Brazil, the first to do so was Edison Machado (1934-1990) whose 1965 recording “Rio 65 Trio” with Dom Salvador (piano) and Sergio Barrozo (bass) heavily influenced myself, Robertinho Silva, Zé Eduardo Nazário, Tutty Moreno, and several others. In the early 70’S while living in Rio, I began to develop this way of playing Samba in a trio setting with Cesarius Alvim (piano) and Ricardo Santos (bass). In 1975 I moved to New York to pursue my dreams; I fell in love with the city and have lived here ever since. It has been a great learning journey, and has led me to understand that gratitude, perseverance, patience and kindness are some of the key qualities that can lead to a better knowledge of life. In the early 80’s I began playing and recording with the pianist of the Rio 65 Trio, Dom Salvador, who had also moved to New York. In 1997 we recorded a joint album, “Transition” with Rogerio Botter Maio on bass. Because of the chemistry between us we were able to explore ideas of a more freely played Samba. Years later I found a new trio setting in which to continue this musical conversation.

Our first recording together was Duduka Da Fonseca Trio plays Toninho Horta” for ZOHO Music. David Feldman, Gutto Wirtti and I are able to think and feel musical time in uncannily similar ways, creating an ideal musical landscape for us to further explore new forms of Samba and Bossa Nova playing, using our roots for musical inspiration. The result is a time/beat with a much wider and elastic feel, but without losing the essence of Samba, which is in our blood.

Our new album was made in Rio de Janeiro (where the sounds of our music originally took root at “Beco das Garrafas”, Rio’s 52nd Street).

Recording in the neighborhood of Ipanema where I was born and raised was a wonderful experience for me, and I hope that you enjoy listening to the album as much as we enjoyed making it. Here is our heartfelt effort to present New Samba Jazz Directions. Deep thanks to David Feldman and Guto Wirtti for their invaluable musical suggestions. This album is dedicated to my beloved wife Maucha Adnet. Best of luck and peace, Duduka Da Fonseca

Artist Websites: www.dudukadafonseca.net
Label Website: http://www.zohomusic.com/
ZOHO ® is distributed by Allegro Media Group, Portland, OR.
Zoho Media contact: Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677
E-Mail: jim@jazzpromoservices.com