SambaDá is Santa Cruz’s premier Brazilian music ensemble. The group is rhythmically tight with good jazzy arrangements. The original tunes are strong, with hummable melodies and hot grooves, while covers are treated lovingly. The longer tunes do tend to wander a bit in the middle, and several tracks are just too “smooth” for my taste, but don’t let that stop you.
#9-11 are a suite but can be played separately.
Fo’s picks: 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16
2: uptempo and catchy; mellow jazzy midsection
3: cute & bouncy with an African flair, a samba-highlife blend
4: relaxed samba-rock, with a clear Santana influence + rapped vocal
6: a classic tune, insistent beat & vox
7: another classic; lazy tempo, cute melody, turns lively after 3 minutes
8: light and breezy, nice clarinet touches
9: quick, stripped down, group vox + drums
10: smooth jazz, moderately funky
11: another like #9, steady rhythm
12: sweet melody, catchy chorus, berimbau at start and end
13: relaxed tempo, rolling rhythm
15: upbeat, rolling groove, disco middle!
16: Carnaval batucada percussion, not frantic but solid.