Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Groove o' the day: more Brazilian funk

Another funk groove with a Brazilian flavor, from Shebaba by the guitarist Bola Sete. The album must have been recorded in Los Angeles, because on it are the saxophonist Hadley Caliman, and my old combo leader at USC, the pianist Dwight Dickerson. He used to do our rehearsals and then go play his regular gig with Tootie Heath.

This is an instrumental arrangement of the Gilberto Gil tune Roda. The drummer is Ronald de Mesquita, a Brazilian who did a lot of road gigs and also lived in LA then.

This arrangement adds a funk interlude and intro:

It's a partido alto funk groove, which you can see most clearly in measure 5— compare that to the Airto and Ivan Conti recordings under that link. He's playing it pretty simply here, basically a Brazilian bell rhythm with snare drum and bass drum added on the accents.

The tune starts at 17:00 in the video, and the transcribed groove happens at 18:33.

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