Album » Journey to Rioby Roger Davidson


Like many Americans, Roger Davidson discovered the bossa nova through the recordings of Stan Getz, and since then, the sounds of Brazil have been especially close to his heart. In four previous CDs – Brazilian Love Song, Bom Dia, Rodgers in Rio, and Bingo – he brought his unique spin to the music of a country that, remarkably, he had never visited. In October 2011, that changed.

Accompanied by his producer, the Argentine bassist and bandleader Pablo Aslan, Roger took his first trip to Brazil. Most of his eight days there, which he spent in Rio de Janeiro, were occupied by six recording sessions. Roger arrived with a hundred of his Brazilian compositions to choose from; the songs he recorded – in addition to several new ones he composed in Rio – comprise these two CDs.

Original compositions by Roger Davidson (Musica Universalis, BMI)

Roger Davidson, piano
Marcelo Martins, tenor and soprano sax, flute
Gilmar Ferreira, trombone
Leonardo Amuedo, guitar
Ney Conceiçao, electric bass (CD1 tracks 1,2,9 – CD2 tracks 1,2,4,7,8,12)
Sergio Barrozo, acoustic bass
Rafael Barata, drums (CD1 tracks 1,2,9 – CD2 tracks 1,2,4,7,8,12)
Paulo Braga, drums
Marco Lobo, percussion

Executive Producer: Roger Davidson
Producer: Pablo Aslan
Associate Producer (USA),: Alexandra Aron
Associate Producer (Brazil): Luciana Pegorer and Marcelo Pera (Delira Musica)
Assistant (Brazil): Ugo Perrota

Recorded October 2011 at Zagamusic Studios, Ipanema,  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Engineer: Roger Freret and Alexandre Moreira
Mixed by Roy Hendrickson at Avatar Studios NYC
Mastered by Scot Hull, Masterdisk

Photography: James Gavin (cover)
Photography: Guarim de Lorena
Video: Fuzo Productions
Liner Notes: James Gavin
Portugese Translation:  Susan Pereira
CD Design: Mariano Gil