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Ed Lincoln
Ed (*1932) built a reputation as a first-rate jazz bass in the early period of bossa nova. As a solo artist, he dedicated his discography and live performances ahead of his own group to dance music in various styles. He also accompanied many important acts like Baden Powell, Claudette Soares, and Ed Motta. His work was discovered by English DJs and made success in the 1990s in that country.
 
He was already a pianist as a child, but his first job was in a newspaper, writing on Carnival and sports in the Jornal do Povo in his hometown. Moving to Rio in 1951, he worked as a bureaucrat until he met Johnny Alf, Luís Eça, and Sérgio Ricardo at the Rádio Roquette Pinto. He became a renowned jazz bassist and was invited by Dick Farney to join his group in 1953. In the same period, he appeared in several films as conductor. With pianist Luís Eça and guitarist Paulo Ney, he played in the Hotel Plaza, the most important venue for the inception of bossa nova and the meeting point of the jazz musicians. With them, he recorded the LP Trio Plaza. In the '50s, he also accompanied Claudette Soares, Baden Powell, and Dolores Durán. In 1958, he became the pianist of Djalma Ferreira's group, at Djalma's Drink nightclub. After Ferreira's shooting, he had to replace him at the organ, adopting the instrument, with which he would record many solo albums. In the early 1960s, he recorded the first solo album, Ao Teu Ouvido (Helium), using the name Ed Lincoln for the first time. It was a phase of great success and he and his group livened up many parties and recorded several albums.
 
In 1963 he was in a car accident and in the seven months that he had to rest, he was replaced at the head of his group by the young Eumir Deodato. The trumpeter Cláudio Roditi also joined his band in 1968. In the same period, he organized an independent label, Savoya Discos, and became a producer, revealing groups like the Os Lobos (the group which revealed Dalto). After some months spent in 1970 in the U.S., Lincoln returned to Brazil and built his own recording studio. Lincoln also played in "Conversa Mole," which was included in Ed Motta's album As Segundas Intenções. Ed died in 2012.
 
by Alvaro Neder @ allmusic.com
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Ed Lincoln
Savoya SV-8001
recorded November 1968 in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
reissue 2002 Whatmusic WMLP 0019
Ed Lincoln, organ
Claudio Roditi, trumpet
Celinho do Pistom, trumpet
Durval Ferreira, guitar
Luiz Marinho, bass
Alex Papa, drums
Toni Tornado, percussion
Orlann Divo, percussion
Humberto Garin, percussion

 
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