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Edison Machado


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Samba, as we know it, was fully developed in the 1920’s through composers like Donga, Pixinguinha and Ismael Silva, and in the 30s through Garoto, a virtuous guitarist that already played something similar to a proto-bossa nova.

But in the 1950’s, 60’s and beyond modern samba was only possible thanks to the great intuition of Edison Machado and the creation of his “samba no prato” (samba rhythm conducted by cymbals). The unusual music composition was a result of an incident, in fact: in 1949, in his 17 or 18 years old, Machado started to conduct the rhythm of a Gafieira party in this new way because of a broken snare drum. And “New Samba” (or ”Samba Novo”, the name of the drummer’s breakthrough record) was created.

It was only after Edison Machado’s avantgarde musical technique that it was possible to play samba using the piano, bass and drums set, or guitar, bass and drums, or any other new band set. From that point, samba could be played by small groups and Machado’s innovation paved the way for the music of Tom Jobim, João Donato, João Gilberto, among others.

It also helped creating bossa nova, samba jazz and other dozens of variations that still this day are highly influential, sampled and recreated.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the founders of bossa nova and a revolutionary in his instrument, Edison Machado died at the age of 56 years old, pratically forgotten. His name is historically printed in inumerous records, inumerous concerts, in the Beco das Garrafas legacy and on the works of people like Sérgio Mendes, Victor Assis Brasil, Elis Regina, Edu Lobo, Tom Jobim, Hélio Delmiro, Milton Nascimento, Dom Salvador, and many other classic recordings.


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  • joaonada

    valeu, charles gavin.

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • Azuk4

    "é samba novo" é o melhor lp de sambajazz de todos os tempos!

    22 Feb 2010 Reply

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