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Fabio Fonseca
Fabio Fonseca was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1961. He began playing piano at eight and while in his teens he balanced studies of classical music with electric experiments on the Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, MiniMoog and Yamaha organ in the company of other young, local musicians.
In 1981, Fonseca was invited by drummer Sergio Naidin to join Nota Vermelha, a band of young locals including future Brazilian pop stars Fernanda Abreau and Leo Jaime. A year later, at the age of 22, Fonseca was invited to play with the funk band, Brylho. Fonseca made his debut as a recording artist in 1985 with his band Cinema-a-Dois, on the national hit "Não Me Iluda" (RCA). His eponymous solo debut was issued by WEA in 1988, right before he joined Ed Motta’s band, where he wrote what became Motta’s signature hit, the funked-out dance floor classic, "Manuel".
The 1992 album, Tradução Simultánea (Philips), featured much of Fonseca’s best work of the time and was notable for the beautiful "A Mulher de 15 Metros", with Luiz Melodia sharing vocal duties and the legendary João Donato providing a sumptuous orchestral arrangement and lyrical piano accompaniment.
Fabio Fonseca spent the rest of the twentieth century’s last decade establishing his credentials as an influential producer for former bandmate Fernanda Abreu and many others including Marina Lima, Luiz Melodia, Edson Cordeiro, and rapper Gabriel O Pensador. His musical work over the last fifteen years also includes many arrangements and dates on a variety of keyboards for such artists as Lulu Santos, Dom Um Romão, João Donato, Ithamara Koorax, Ed Motta, Seu Jorge, and the rock band Paralamas.
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Opus Samba
Jazz Station Records 6054
recorded April/May 2006 in Italpava/RJ, Brazil
Fabio Fonseca, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizers
Pedro Leão, bass
Mac Williams, drums, percussion
Ithamara Koorax, vocal, percussion
Arnaldo DeSouteiro, percussion, bells

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