“…every bit as electric as the best Cuban salsa…pour a rum and coke, and
dance your little fanny off. — Jim Trageser, American Reporter Correspondent
The pulsating rhythms of Pe De Boi, captured on the Arkadia Records album Pe De Boi: Power Samba Band, have electrified the New York club scene since the 1980s. Born of the rich Brazilian musical tradition and inflected with elements of American Jazz, Rock and Salsa, the songs on this album feature as many as ten different renowned percussionists, including Cyro Baptista, Duduka da Fonseca, Steve Kroon and Marcos Sapel.
“Tasty work that starts out in Brazil but has traveled all across the landscape
since forming…packs a real punch.” — Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
Band founder and leader Guilherme Franco, a native of Brazil, named his group for a Brazilian slang term whose literal translation is “foot of an ox,” but whose real colloquial meaning is “a musician with a great sense of rhythm.” One of the most-in-demand Latin and World music percussionists, Guilherme Franco and has worked with McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Don Pullen, Woody Shaw, and Lee Konitz, among many others. Franco is also the creator of the Jazz/Bossa Nova group NOVA BOSSA NOVA, also on Arkadia Records.
The unique sound, intricate rhythms and contagious high spirits of Pe De Boi have been turning on audiences and making people dance, move, and groove from the very first beat of the music. With this Arkadia Records release, entitled Pe De Boi: Power Samba Band, the group, featuring the alluring vocals of Gabriela Anders, and accompanied by all-star musicians from around the word, proves that with the Power Samba and Jazz of Pe De Boi… it’s Carnival all year long!
“…there is some wonderful material on this CD. The rhythm section in particular is excellent, populated with instruments like the earth-shaking surdo and the cuica, which sounds something like a monkey making its own parade. It’s worth mentioning that the cuiceiro on this record is one of the best I’ve heard.
Percussion fans will want to skip to track 9, Drums Evolution, which is essentially a batucada (percussion jam) track. Here, the Power Samba band lives up to its name – as fast and unerring as the “Foot of the Bull” from which their name is derived.” –Jake Pegg, Amazon.com
1. Essa Nega
Guilherme Franco – Drums & Percussion
Booker T – Tenor sax
Marcio Sapel – percussion