‘Tributo a Don Alias’ Out Now
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – July 28, 2017 – The memory of a great artist can never be forgotten so long as their music continues to shine and fellow creatives continue to find solace in their work. That will forever be the case when it comes to the late percussionist Charles “Don” Alias, who passed away in New York City in 2006. Since then Alfredo Dias Gomes has wondered how he could pay tribute to the drummer. He found a way with the album Tributo a Don Alias.
The repertoire includes several of Alias’ compositions, including “Georgia O,” “Sweetie-Pie,” and “Vaya Mulatto.” The album finishes with a solo done by Alfredo Dias Gomes himself, honoring the percussionist.
“This album is a homage to the great percussionist and drummer Charles ‘Don’ Alias, whom I had the privilege of meeting and learning from during his stay in Brazil. Don Alias was my great jazz and fusion teacher. His strong style, the way he played…I picked all that up from him. My career started in one of his classes; when Hermeto arrived at the studio, he heard me play and invited me to join his band. I was 18-years-old, and that was my first time playing instrumental music professionally. Don Alias was undoubtedly a big inspiration and played a huge role in incentivizing my work. With this album, I want to thank him and reciprocate everything that he taught me,” says Alfredo.
Don Alias will forever be recognized for his work at the vanguard of the fusion movement. The son of Caribbean immigrants who grew up in Harlem, he absorbed the instrumentalists from the Cuban and Puerto Rican neighborhood had to offer daily. During his lifetime he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Jaco Patorius, David Sanborn, and Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, and many others.
On Tributo a Don Alias, Alfredo Dias Gomes’ drums are followed by a band composed by Widor Santiago (tenor sax), Yuval Ben Lior (guitar), Lulu Martin (keyboards) and Berval Moraes (bass). The album also includes participation from Marco Lobo, who was part of some of MPB’s most influential bands, having worked with Milton Nascimento, Maria Bethania, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte, Lenine, Virgínia Rodrigues, and others, aside from developing several projects along with the drummer Billy Cobham.
Tributo a Don Alias is available on iTunes, Spotify, CDBaby, and several other digital platforms. Those interested in adding Tributo a Don Alias to their playlists, or speaking with Alfredo Dias Gomes about the album can get in touch via the information provided below.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Dias Gomes first started playing instrumental music professionally when he was 18, playing at Hermeto Pascoal’s band. He recorded the album Cérebro Magnético and performed countless shows, with highlights at the II São Paulo Jazz Festival and Rio Monterrey Festival. Alfredo has played and recorded with several important instrumental musicians, such as Márcio Montarroyos, Ricardo Silveira, Torcuato Mariano, Arthur Maia, Nico Assumpção, Guilherme Dias Gomes, Luizão Maia, and others. He was also part of the group Heróis da Resistência and has also worked alongside Ivan Lins, Lulu Santos, Ritchie, Kid Abelha, and Sergio Dias (Mutantes), among many others. Tributo a Don Alias is his seventh solo album. His full discography also includes Pulse (2016); Looking Back (2015); Corona Borealis (2010); Groove (2005); Atmosfera (1996) – with participation from Frank Gambale and Dominic Miller (Sting); Alfredo Dias Gomes (1991), with special participation from Ivan Lins, and the single “Serviço Secreto” (1985).