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It was an exciting time for Brazilian music in the early '60s, when bossa nova and samba rhythms came to occupy a special place in the heart of American jazz musicians. These contagious rhythms, lyrical melodies, and sophisticated chord progressions from Rio, São Paulo, and Bahia practically seduced artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, and, later, Chick Corea. Pianist Lalo Schifrin, who became one of the world's greatest jazz musicians and composers, gathered members of Gillespie's band — bassist Chris White, drummer Rudy Collins, and flutist-saxophonist Leo Wright — for this exciting date, originally recorded in 1962. The quartet creates a powerful polyrhythmic sound, with lead voice switching off between Schifrin's lively ivories and Wright's graceful flute on the most effective tracks like "Chora True Tristeza." The quartet is enhanced by Latin percussionists Jose Paulo of Brazil and Jack Del Rio of Argentina; Paulo performs on the pandeiro, a Brazilian tambourine, while Del Rio adds subtle emotional whispers of rhythm with the cabaca, a gourd instrument covered with a loose network of beads. It's always exciting to hear how Schifrin and his colleagues egg each other on to play quicker and quicker flurries of notes, but the slower passages — like the opening minutes of "Poema Do Adeus" — create an interesting counterpoint. The way this tune explodes percussively tends to indicate that no matter how they try to tame themselves, these musicians can't quite keep it still for too long. Accept no substitutes; this is classic Brazilian music in its purest original form.

Biography

Born: 21 June 1932 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Best known for his "Mission: Impossible" theme song, Lalo Schifrin is an Argentinean-born composer, arranger, pianist, and conductor, whose jazz and classical training earned him tremendous success as a soundtrack composer. Born Boris Claudio Schifrin in Buenos Aires on June 21, 1932, his father was a symphonic violinist, and he began playing piano at age six. He enrolled in the Paris Conservatoire in 1952, hitting the jazz scene by night. After returning to Buenos Aires, Schifrin formed a 16-piece...
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