Dom Um Romão (1925-2005) became Brazil's leading percussion ambassador to the United States after his work with Sergio Mendes's Brasil '66 and an early edition of Weather Report. At moments, the sounds he creates on this 1976 collection suggest both bands, although the ensemble has a more rough-hewn character that would not be out of place in the uninhibited atmosphere of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Romão presents listeners with a panoramic sampling of his homeland's music, drawing upon works by familiar composers like Jobim, Nascimento, and Baden Powell as well as his collaborators Celia Vaz (who arranged and conducted these sessions), guitarist Ricardo Peixoto, and trumpeter Claudio Roditi. The proceedings gain additional fire from the contributions of the irrepressible Sivuca, whose playing and singing is featured on several tracks.
with Claudio Roditi, Alan Rubin, Sonny Fortune, Ronnie Cuber, Dom Salvador, Ricardo Peixoto, Sivuca, Ron Carter, Steve Kroon