1. Samba Gitano
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This song began as a riff on my Zendrum, which I had programed to play bass notes. I would then play that through a repeater until it was sounding smooth, and then capture a loop. While the bass loop played, I would switch the Zendrum’s sound-bank to a drums and percussion set. I grooved on this for a while until an idea for a melody started to beam in, at which point, I programed the individual tracks into Logic and built the rest of the orchestration from that
foundation. At this point, I still didn’t have a name for this song.

It was during the recording of the keyboards, with Kleyton Martins, that the idea of giving this a gypsy / eastern-European twist in tone and instrumentation by bringing in a “gypsy violin”. The concept and the title beamed in simultaneously - “Samba Gitano” translates to “Gypsy Samba”.

Before recording it, when I mentioned the concept, most everyone looked at me quizzically….. but, I believe it worked! What do you think?

And, what do you think of this young violinist, Raphael Batista? Slammin’,
soulful cat, don’t you think?

- José Arimateia: Trumpet
- Raphael Batista: Violin
- Julio Falavigna: Drums
- Estevão Lima: Bass
- Kleyton Martins: Keyboards
- Elton Ricardo: Fender Rhodes
- Frank Colón: Percussion, Programing