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A couple years ago he released an album called Matuto (Ropeadope) that delivered an unusual combination of hillbilly music and traditional Brazilian dance rhythms like forro, maracatu, and coco—Ross was clearly still sorting out his hybrid approach, and the results were beguiling but a little schizo. Now he's got a working band called Matuto that features some of the folks who helped make that album, among them superb accordion player Rob Curto (leader of Forro for All and likewise a member of Beat the Donkey). The sextet also includes accomplished bluegrass fiddler Rob Hecht (a native of Benson, Illinois), fellow bluegrass heavy and bassist Skip Ward , Japanese percussionist Keita Ogawa, and excellent jazz drummer Richie Barshay. Below you can check out one of the group's best tunes, a hard-rocking forro number.
Matuto, "Dois Nordestes":
Food, Quiet Inlet (ECM)
Jason Robinson, The Two Faces of Janus (Cuneiform)
Harold O'Neal, Whirling Mantis (Smalls)
Henrik Walsdorff Trio, Henrik Walsdorff Trio (Jazzwerkstatt)
Pram, The Moving Frontier (Domino)