Brazilian drummer Duduka Da Fonseca’s third ZOHO CD release “Plays Toninho Horta” is his superlative follow-up to his 2009 Latin Grammy-nominated “Brazilian Trio – Forests” project. (ZOHO ZM 200806). This new CD, recorded in 2009, presents his current Rio de Janeiro-based Trio with pianist David Feldman and bassist Guto Wirtti.
Repertoire focus on the album are some of the most famous songs by one of the leading living Brazilian singer-songwriters and guitarists, Toninho Horta, in instrumental jazz interpretations which are profoundly searching, lyrical and virtuosic.
Since his arrival in New York in 1975, Da Fonseca has performed with, and has appeared as a sideman on over 200 CDs, with North American jazz greats, Tom Harrell, John Scofield, Gerry Mulligan, Herbie Mann, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Eddie Gomez, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano and many others. Da Fonseca has toured internationally with Brazilian legends Antonio Carlos Jobim and singer Astrud Gilberto, and formed the outstanding Brazilian jazz group Trio Da Paz. In 2002 Duduka was nominated for a Grammy® with his first solo album "Samba Jazz Fantasia". He also appeared as a featured guest on Brazilian acoustic guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima two ZOHO releases “Carioca”(ZOHO ZM 200602) and “Merengue”(ZOHO ZM 200911).
Joachim “Jochen” Becker
Throughout the rich history of Brazilian music, we have had extremely talented composers and amongst them, one that touches my heart with his amazing music is Toninho Horta. I met Toninho more than forty years ago, and also had a chance to meet his beautiful family. In the early 70s I used to date his younger sister Lena, a very talented flutist, and on many occasions I stayed in his family house in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, where he still lives.
I was lucky to witness some of Toninho's evolution as a composer and as a human being. I can say that without exception, I love all his compositions.
I believe that Toninho Horta deserves much broader recognition worldwide.
In 2000, I had the pleasure to meet David Feldman when he was studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. We started playing together right away, and the chemistry between us was there from the first hit. David played in my quintet at the time, and I played on his first trio album, with the fabulous Hans Glawischnig on bass. A few years later, David moved back to Rio, where he still lives with his family.
In a recent visit to Rio, I got a call from Paulo Levi, a wonderful sax player from northeast Brazil, to play on his album. When I got to the studio, David Feldman was the pianist, and the bass player was a young gentleman from the south of Brazil, Guto Wirtti.
We started the session and I said to myself, "Wow!! This rhythm session sounds so right!! It feels like a walk on Ipanema Beach."
I came back to New York, and started to think that I really wanted to do a trio project with these two fabulous young musicians. At the time, I was playing quite a bit with Toninho, around Europe and in New York, with a project of mine called "Samba Jazz & the Music of Jobim".
Then the idea clicked in my head: "I am going to do a Trio album playing the music of Toninho Horta". That same year I went back to Rio, and we recorded the album.
The recording process was a fantastic experience, and I could not be happier with the results.I sincerely hope that you enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed making it.
Duduka Da Fonseca
Duduka Da Fonseca.
I was very happy to hear the news of this homage paid to me by this great musician and special friend, Duduka Da Fonseca, through his Trio recording of my compositions.
I felt proud and privileged, since Duduka has a beautiful history with the bossa nova, and who today is one of the most exquisite Brazilian musicians, sharing the stage with great jazz musicians from New York, who are the best in the world.
Upon hearing the album, I was deeply moved by the performance of the Trio and by the unique way they transformed my songs into true instrumental pearls. The individual and collective creativity of Duduka, David and Guto are highlighted in each track, and the conceptual innovations of groove, melodic interpretation and form left me truly enchanted.
The audiophile public will also be privileged to experience the superb work of Duduka Da Fonseca through this album. I wish I had played with them on the album, however it might not have been such a fresh, sweet, creative and beautiful work, as was the final result.
All that remains for me is to thank them and wait for the CD to come out soon, so I can again enjoy these unforgettable tracks, made with such competence and heart.
Recorded at Zaga Music Estudios, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, on August 18 - 19, 2009. Engineers: Alexandre Mello & David Feldman. Assistant Engineer: Toninho Silva. Mixed by James Farber at Shelter Island Sound, New York City. Assistant Engineers: David Kulund and Mike Gevaza. Mastering by Michael MacDonald at Algorhythms, Brooklyn, New York. Producer: Duduka Da Fonseca. Photography of Duduka Da Fonseca by Nicholas Suttle. Photography of Guto Wirtti and David Feldman by Duduka Da Fonseca. Package design by Jack Frisch. Executive producer: Joachim “Jochen” Becker.