Inside the Brazilian Rhythm Section

I just ordered the book Inside the Brazilian Rhythm Section by Cliff Korman and Nelson Faria. I met Cliff virtually in an ongoing series of Zoom conversations hosted by Creative Music Studio (CMS) founder Karl Berger. The principles that are the foundation of Karl’s book The Music Mind Experience are the central theme of these conversations, which Karl is offering as a benefit to patrons of his Patreon account. Really good stuff.

Cliff has followed a unique musical path. He was born in New York City and spent time in the early eighties at CMS in Woodstock. At CMS he met the Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist Paulo Moura with whom he formed a solid bond. In fact it was so solid that when Paulo went back to Brazil, Cliff went, too, and has remained ever since. He is now regarded as “one of the the most respected North American musicians in the country.”

I have been intrigued (not quite obsessed, but almost) with how American jazz drummers deal with samba on the drumset ever since I heard Airto Moreira with Chick Corea way back in the early 1970s. I know that Cliff’s book will bring me some welcome insight into not just samba, but all that being inside the Brazilian rhythm section entails.

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