David Feldman - piano

Sérgio Barrozo - Bass

Paulo Braga – Drums


Pianist David Feldman starts his career with the CD
'O som do Beco das Garrafas' (The Sound of Bottle’s Alley)

David Feldman starts his career in a solo album, accompanied by veterans Sérgio Barrozo on acoustic bass and Paulo Braga on drums. 'O Som do Beco das Garrafas' (EMI) is an homage by the thirty-one year old pianist, four of them lived in New York, to the musicians who played on the night-clubs of Copacabana on the 50s e 60s. We are talking about instrumentalists like Antonio Adolfo, Bebeto Castilho, Chico Batera, Dom Salvador, Durval Ferreira, Eumir Deodato, Hélcio Milito, Johnny Alf, Luiz Eça, Maurício Einhorn, Oscar Castro Neves, Paulo Moura, Raul de Souza, Roberto Menescal, Sérgio Mendes, Wilson das Neves and many others, some who already left us, like Baden Powell, J. T. Meireles, Moacir Santos, Rosinha de Valença e Vitor Assis Brasil.

On this CD, the young pianist presents eight well known brazilian standards, like “São Salvador” (Durval Ferreira), “Sambou, sambou” (João Donato), “Rapaz de bem” (Johnny Alf), “Sabe você” (Carlos Lyra and Vinicius de Moraes) and “Tristeza de nós dois” (Bebeto, Durval Ferreira and Maurício Einhorn) plus the music spot “Beco engarrafado” and the title track, “O som do Beco das Garrafas”, both original compositions. The album revisits the songs that influenced an entire generation, with David Feldman’s very strong finger prints, especially his improvisations. That made possible for the repertoire to include very known and recorded tunes like  “Eu e a brisa” (Johnny Alf), “Brigas nunca mais” (Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes) and “Só tinha de ser com você” (Tom Jobim and Aloysio de Oliveira).

“My emphasis is spontaneity”, declares the pianist, owner “of the sound of surprise”, in the words of journalist Luiz Orlando Carneiro. David have been performing aside important artists like Paulo Moura, a very important figure from the Bottle’s Ally, and Leo Gandelman, author of the photos of the booklet and part of the liner notes: “I consider this CD a true example of the best there is in Brazilian Popular Music”. The great Maurício Einhorn also affirms on the booklet: “With the freedom allowed by the Jazz, I noticed influences (that we all have) to which he added and enriched like very few artists, and that’s what got me”.

About the Bottle’s Alley

The Bottle’s Ally was formed by three night clubs on Duvivier Street, in Copacabana, where the musicians had total liberty to play what they wanted. That musical made possible the creation of samba-jazz, the perfect combination of brazilian samba and the jazz improvisation. According to musical critic José Domingos Raffaelli, “the Bottle’s Alley was the brazilian equivalent of the legendary 52nd St. in New York, where jazz sparkled in the 40s e 50s. The regulars say that every night something new happened, was it a new composition, a new musician coming up or the formation of a new band. It was the great renewal of Brazilian music started to get a worldwide attention in 1961/62".

David Feldman was born in December of 1977. “I wasn’t even born when the Beco was happening but, still when I was a child, listening to records and stories of who had been there, O started to have a desire for having a time machine. This record is my private time machine, homage to this generation of fantastic musicians that influenced me so much and who put Brazilian music into the international map.

I looked into having in the repertoire themes that were frequently played at the Beco”, says the pianist.