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Dom Um Romão – lake of perseverance

Posted on: June 22, 2009


The cover artwork remembers me of the legendary CTI records and that is not a bad start. But Dom Um Romão is not needing authenticy, the drummer and percussionist was one of the best from Brazil. He played drums from childhood on and recorded with legends like Elizete Cardoso, Ron Carter, João Gilberto, Cannonball Adderley, Annette Peacock and Vinícius de Moraes. He played in the band of Sérgio Mendes and in the 70s joined fusion jazz supergroup Weather Report. And this legend also participated in the groundbreaking Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim colloboration record. He passed away in Rio de Janeiro 2005, but left this record with great rhythms and soul before. I will continue with name dropping, on “lake of perseverance” pianist Luciano Alves, vocalist Ithamara Koorax, guitarist Dorival Caymmi, keyboardist Eumir Deodato and saxophonist Jose Carlos Ramos participate, a good mix of young brazilian talents and old heroes. What can go wrong with musicians like these? Well, not much. Only slightly based on post-bop jazz Romão brings his distinctly Brazilian style of drumming to Kenny Dorham’s “blue bossa” as well as two gems from John Coltrane’s repertoire. But “lake of perseverance” is not an album for jazz snobs, many tunes have trip-hop, hip-hop or even house influences, Jorge Ben´s world famous “mas que nada” even is played in a exuberant version. But for all its diversity Romão manages to give this album a certain continuity, certainly a eclectic taste will help to enjoy this great record!

House Carnival!


3 Responses to "Dom Um Romão – lake of perseverance"

diz percussion wizzard was almozz 80 years old when recording lake of…, aahhhh, I just cant believe it, how did he manage to sound so up to date, to kick the drums so hard? whatz wrong with brazilians, anybody might tell me please!

and urbanology, quaaaaaaaaaaality as ever, you are one of da best blogz around!

thanks for this

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