It seems like just about everyone throws a Brazilian influence into jazz at one point or another, but in reality, very few musicians blend jazz and Brazilian music as skillfully as pianist Helio Alves, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, and vocalist Maucha Adnet. All three musicians bring a lifetime of experience with Brazilian music, coming directly from their roots in the country. At the same time, they’ve all spent years immersing themselves in New York’s jazz scene, bringing an honest connection to their music into every performance that they tackle. These are three musicians that serve as role models for the potential that Brazilian Jazz holds to be exciting, expressive, and captivating.
The group performs some music from another master in this video, as they work their way through Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Chega de Saudade.” This three musicians joined with bassist Uli Zrenner-Woldenstein on October 3, 2012 at Domicil Dortmund . . . and they tore this one up.
This performance does something rare – it puts Jobim in a new light, invigorating it with a fresh perspective that honors both tradition and the future. Kudos to Alves, Fonseca, and Adnet for this inspiring performance!
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