Afro-Cuban jazz: “Simbora”; Latin jazz: “Toledo Bagel”

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Simbora

Larry Williams (flute), Gene Goe and Steve Huffsteter (trumpet), Mike Julian and Frank Rosolino (trombone), Lee Ritenour (guitar), Greg Phillinganes (electric piano), Octavio Bailly Jr. (electric bass) and Paulinho da Costa (percussion), From the album Agora (1977).

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Paulinho da Costa was already exploring the sounds emitted by any type of object at the age of five, and at seven he began collecting and playing percussion instruments, among which are all kinds of drums, tambourines, cymbals, bells, chimes, rattles, scrapers, whistles and so on, eventually owning more that two hundred. He studied at a samba school and made his first performances in his city samba parades. During his teens he joined different Carnival orchestras, Brazilian groups and samba trios and quartets, and traveled around the world participating in many festivals.

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In this way da Costa discovered jazz and Cuban music, and learned to play more instruments. In 1970 he toured Europe and the Middle East, and in 1972 he moved to Los Angeles, joining the bossa nova band Sergio Mendes Brasil ‘77 from 1973 to 1977 and appearing on Love Music (1973), Vintage 74 (1974) and Homecooking (1976). He also collaborated on iconic bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s Bahiana (1976), Dizzy’s Party (1977) and Free Ride (1977). Gillespie introduced him to Norman Granz, who signed him for his company Pablo Records, which allowed him to receive permanent resident status in the United States.

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Paulinho da Costa

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In 1976 da Costa featured on Feelings by legendary jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson and in 1977 on Bundle of Joy by acclaimed jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Also in 1977 he debuted as a leader with Agora performing Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin jazz with renowned smooth jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour, a small horn section, electric piano and synthesizers. That same year he established a long musical relationship with the rhythm and blues, soul, funk, disco and pop group Earth, Wind & Fire, contributing to All ‘n All (1977), I Am (1979), Faces (1980), Raise! (1981), Powerlight (1983), Millennium (1993) and In the Name of Love (1997).

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℗ Pablo Records

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Toledo Bagel

Larry Williams (flute), Gene Goe and Steve Huffsteter (trumpet), Mike Julian and Frank Rosolino (trombone), Greg Phillinganes (piano), Octavio Bailly Jr. (electric bass) and Paulinho da Costa (percussion), From the album Agora (1977).

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℗ Pablo Records

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