Fabio Fonseca

In Brazilian jazz and Brazilian pop, Fabio Fonseca is well respected for his skills as an organist, electric keyboardist and acoustic pianist as well as for his talents as an arranger, producer, composer and engineer. The Rio de Janeiro native has worked with major Brazilian artists such as Azymuth, João Donato, singer Ithamara Koorax and the late percussionist Dom um Romão, and like those artists, he has both Brazilian and American influences. Fonseca brings a long list of influences to the table, ranging from Brazilian icons like Eumir Deodato, Azymuth (especially the piano and keyboard playing of José Roberto Bertrami), João Donato and Antonio Carlos Jobim to American jazz greats such as Charles Earland and Larry Young on the Hammond B-3 organ to George Duke, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock on electric keyboards. Fonseca is a swinging player, but he is also decidedly lyrical, melodic and approachable--and as a producer, arranger and engineer, he clearly gets a lot of inspiration from the albums that Creed Taylor produced for his CTI label in the '70s.

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