The Brazilian music has such a huge rich vibrate sound that makes everyone feel alive while listening, especially while wanting to dance, while wanting to vibrate as well. And, as a result of listening to Brazilian music, this happens! A huge input in Brazilian music has rhythm, especially its characteristic percussion sound. Extra colors, extra vibrations, extra and so much needed and wanted and loved. My first Brazilian percussionist hero was Airto Moreira, husband of singer Flora Purim. Both immigrated from Brazil to the States of America beginning of the 70s and became fascinating parts of jazz, jazz rock and fusion music through collaborations with Miles Davis (Bitches Brew), George Duke and Chick Corea.
Another percussionist I need to mention was Naná Vasconcelos (1944 - 2016), who enriched the sound and music of artists like Pat Metheny, Don Cherry, Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti, Gato Barbieri and Milton Nascimento.
A Brazilian percussionist of today is Rogério Boccato. Born in São Paulo and living in New York City since more than 12 years, he is following the percussion roots of his former colleagues and becomes a new remarkable independent voice. I had the great pleasure and even bigger honor to meet with Rogério for a one hour interview this march of 2019 in Groningen, The Netherlands, at the Prins Claus Conservatorium (PCC), where he teaches as part of the program “New York comes to Groningen”.
Rogério was a longtime member of the “Orquestra Jazz Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo”, where he played among others with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti, João Bosco and Joe Zawinul. Since his life is happening in New York, we can listen to him on Kenny Garrett's Grammy-nominated album “Beyond The Wall”, John Patitucci's also Grammy-nominated release “Remembrance”, with Joe Lovano and Brian Blade and on Alan Ferber's “Jigsaw”. He is also featured on two Grammy-award winning albums: “The Thompson Fields” with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and on Billy Childs' “Rebirth”. Another album we can enjoy him too is Edward Simon's “Sorrows and Triumphs”, with Gretchen Parlato. And this album really should win a Grammy!
Other artists he works with, next to many others, are Danilo Perez, Michael Franks, David Binney, Edward Simon, John McLaughlin, Dionne Warwick, David Berkman, Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, Zizi Possi, Dave Stryker, Dena DeRose, Paul Bollenback and the NY Jazz Composers Mosaic. Last but not least I want to mention his own release, the Rogério Boccato Quartet, performing “No Old Rain”, featuring himself on drums and percussion with Dan Blake (sax), Nando Michelin (fender rhodes) and Jay Anderson (bass), performing own interpretations of compositions by Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti, Toninho Horta and Edu Lobo.