This book not only concentrates on those styles which have travelled successfully around the globe, but also on styles which have not yet been explored outside of Brazil.
Styles originated in the East of Brazil: Samba & Bossa-Nova, Samba-Funk & Partido Alto, Choro, Samba-Cancio.
Styles originated in the Northeast of Brazil: Baiao, Toada, Rasta Pe, Xote, Afoxe & Maracatu, Frevo, Marcha and Marcha Rancho
The three main sections of the book cover: Different Styles; General Characteristics; Harmony; Rhythm; Phrasing; Melodic and Stylistic Considerations; Patterns and Hints. The explanations are accompanied by hundreds of written and recorded examples. Each presented style is concluded by a complete composition. Also included are an extensive discography and biography, a glossary as well as numerous photos of Brazilian artists.
Antonio Adolfo grew up in a musical family in Rio de Janeiro. His teachers include Eumir Deodato in Brazil, and the great Nadia Boulanger in Paris. From 1964-67 he led his own trio, recorded two albums for rca, and toured with singers Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento. Teaming up with a lyricist, Adolfo wrote tunes that gained great success, and have been recorded 500 times by such artists as Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Earl Klugh, Yutaka, and others. He has won the International Brazilian Song Contest on two occasions.
In 1985 Mr. Adolfo created his own school which has more than 700 students. "Antonio Adolfo is a very talented and experienced musician and teacher. He is the only one who could teach this very sophisticated type of music." Sergio Mendes
"Antonio Adolfo is a brilliant composer/arranger. He gives the essence of Brazilian music."
Paulinho da Costa
"It is very difficult teaching our music to the world. Antonio Adolfo has a sense of synthesis that just great educators have. I greatly admire this guy and his work." Antonio Carlos Jobim
"Antonio Adolfo is one of a rare breed of world-class musicians with a sound and style uniquely his own." Jazz Times