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Yesterday I played a fun gig with some amazing South American musicians.  Their compositions were challenging and energetic and I got a crash course in samba, baião, choro, joropo and a crazy partido alto in 15/4.

Here is a much simpler 3/4 samba by the great Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta.  I transcribed this from Don Pullen’s Ode to Life album, recorded I believe as a tribute to his friend and frequent bandmate, saxophonist George Adams.