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When did the music invade your life?
Look, I was six years old, it was 1937. My mother had those big wood stoves, a huge one. And I decided to hang a lot of potlids to play. It came out of the blue – I hadn’t seen this anywhere! I don’t have the slightest idea where I took that from. Maybe it is a genetic thing really. The truth is that I hung the pots, hit on them and made hell out of mothers life. (laughs)

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Brazilian Sound

The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil
By Chris McGowan, Ricardo Pessanha
… Mann and trumpeter Kenny Dorham flew to Brazil in September 1962 and recorded an album there with Baden Powel, Jobim, Durval Ferreira, the Tamba Trio’s Bebeto and Helcio Milito, and the Sergio Mendes Boss Sextet, which Mann described at the tie as “like Horace Silver or Cannonball Adderley with a samba beat.” Do the Bossa Nova  was an important meeting of American and Brazilian musicians, as well an album recorded in December of that year: Cannonball’s Bossa Nova. …

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