Dom Um Romao - Dom Um Romao/Spirit Of The Times
Brazilian Drummer and Percussionist Dom Um Romao was born in Rio De Janeiro in 1925 and moved to America in 1962. He recorded with Bossa Rio, Herbie Mann, Cannonball Adderley, Astrud Gilberto, Sergio Mendes Brasil 66, and Antonio Carlos Jobim with Frank Sinatra, amongst others at the height of the popularity of Bossa Nova in the 60’s. He was a member of Weather Report in the early 70’s appearing on three of their albums, adding some unique percussion sounds.
These two very special Brazilian jazz albums were recorded in the mid 70’s in New York. The music contained within them achieves a standard of excellence rarely heard and feature many prominent Brazilian musicians and arrangers including Dom Savador, Joao Donato and Sivuca plus outstanding US players like Stanley Clarke, Joe Beck and Mauricio Smith.
It is the Rhythms that initially attract you to this music, it is virtually impossible to sit still listening to these albums. These melodies are also strong and there is some fine instrumentation throughout. The Classic Brazilian songs ‘Cinnamon Flower’ and ‘Ponteio’ are given fresh interpretations. Romao ‘s own songs ‘Shake (Ginga Gingou)’ the incredible solo percussion ‘Braun-Blek-Blu’ are incredibly rhythmic and reflect Dom Um’s African heritage. The jazzier and funkier ‘Lamento Negro’ and ‘Dom’s Tune’ provide a nice contrast, and every track is of merit. Both these albums have been in demand by Jazz Dance Collectors for many years.
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