Dom Um Romão dives into dance music

At age 75, the first-generation bossa nova drummer releases an album with big beats and trip hop experiments

Carlos Calado
Legendary old school drummer Dom Um Romão, currently living in the United States, will have his next album released worldwide in November. Brazilian listeners, though, will have to wait till 2001 to hear it.

"It sounds nothing like his 1998 album, Rhythm Traveler (by Jazz Station). The dance music approach worked very well in shows around the world", claims the producer, Arnaldo DeSouteiro. "Dom Um is a bit crazier every day. He does not refuse to experiment with anything at all. It’s amazing to see a 75-year old so open to newness."

Recorded in New York and Rio de Janeiro, the album features Danilo Caymmi (flute and vocals), Eumir Deodato (keyboards), Ithamara Koorax (vocals), Zé Bigorna (sax) and DJ Marcelinho da Lua as special guests. Dom’s trio includes Paula Faour (piano) and Jorge Pescara (bass). The repertoire contains new material plus three jazz standards: Blue Bossa (by Kenny Dorham), Afro Blue (by Mongo Santamaria) and Naima (by John Coltrane).