Familia Roitman

O Samba Nas Regras Da Arte

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Família Roitman is a group formed by young musicians imbued with the true spirit of samba. While pop proponents find their way to fame and fortune through a mix of fake Brazilian rhythms and indiscriminate appropriations of electronics and world influences, Família Roitman falls in another category: they are a samba group. In an acoustic setting, they bring the traditional samba instruments (violão, seven-string guitar, cavaquinho, and pandeiro) to a meeting with the piano, borrowed from classical music, and the drums, borrowed from jazz. Also, they were concerned with a modernization of the classics covered by them, but not to the point of taking jazz harmonies: the modern harmonies here are taken from Brazilian classic tradition. In spite of that, there's a Jayme Vignoli violão tenor jazz solo in a humorous, satirical boogie-woogie theme, "Boogie-Woogie Na Favela." So, it is clear that this is not a xenophobic proposition, just the affirmation of a genuine and self-sufficient culture. The repertory has only jewels, from fundamental composers above all discussion: Noel Rosa, Ismael Silva, Nilton Bastos, Paulinho da Viola, Assis Valente, Tom Jobim, and many others. Great names of samba like Wilson Moreira and Paulinho da Viola are present in this recording, subscribing a rare, humorous, courageous, and entertaining initiative.

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