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Chick Corea a major influence on drummer Alfredo Dias Gomes' new album
(Published: November 15, 2015)

Q: When did you start playing the drums.

A: I started studying drums in 1970 with 10-years-old.

Q: Did you receive any formal training as a drummer.

A: I had classes with good Brazilian teachers and the opportunity to study with percussionist/drummer Don Alias when he visited Brazil in '76 and '77 with the Stone Alliance group.

Q: When did you become interested in jazz?

A: Jazz has always been present in my home because of my big brother, who studied trumpet and listened to jazz. But when I started studying drums, I used to like rock music. After, I learned Brazilian rhythms and the next level could only be jazz.

Q: You have three Chick Corea covers on your latest effort, Looking Back. What is it about that group which appeals to you the most.

A: The first time I saw Chick Corea live was in 1976, when he played at a festival in São Paulo. I was very impressed with this show, especially with the compositions. I believe that 200 years from now, people will be listening to Chick Corea as well as today we hear Bach or Beethoven.

Q: How did you choose the songs to remake?

A: The idea of ​​recording the album came just when I watched Chick Corea's concert in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. Listening to "Spain" at the concert, I decided to record some of the songs that I studied when I was young.

More Information: http://www.alfredodiasgomes.com.br

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