Arthur Maia

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Arthur Maia
Birth name Arthur Maia
Born (1962-04-09)April 9, 1962
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Samba, Jazz, Funk, Reggae
Occupation(s) musician, composer, producer
Instruments bass, drums
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Cama de gato

Arthur Maia (born April 9, 1963) is a Brazilian composer and musician. Considered one of the best bass players in the world, by professional critics, Maia have played with many famous artists, such as Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte, Lulu Santos and Ney Matogrosso.[1] His compositions usually presents a fusion of jazz, funk, swing music and reggae.[2]

Biography[edit]

Arthur Maia started his musical studies playing drums, when he was still a child. When he was 15 years old, he received a bass as a gift and, influenced by his uncle Luizão Maia, a Brazilian bass player, began to practice it. Then, years later, in 1976, he became a professional bass player, playing with many famous Brazilian artists, such as Ivan Lins, Luiz Melodia and Márcio Montarroyos.[1][3]

In 1985, he joined the band Cama de Gato, a Brazilian jazz group formed by Rique Pantoja (piano), Pascoal Meirelles (drums), Mário Senise (saxophone) and Maia (bass).[4] With it, he recorded five albums. Although Maia is not a member of this band anymore, he was a special guest in Cama de Gato's sixth album. He also joined many other instrumental music bands, such as Pulsar, Banda Black Rio and Egotrip; their songs were much played on Brazilian radio in the 1980s.[1] In 1986, Maia also recorded an album dedicated to Tom Jobim and Heitor Villa-Lobos with Gilson Peranzzetta: Tom & Villa.[3]

During his career, Maia developed his own style of playing bass, mastering bass techniques and mixing several rhythms. It made him a famous bassist and many artists invited him for recording. In Brazil, he played with Jorge Benjor, Gal Costa, Lulu Santos, Caetano Veloso, Roberto Carlos, Martinho da Vila, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Marisa Monte, Leila Pinheiro e César Camargo Mariano; abroad, with Ernie Watts, Sheila E., Pat Metheny, Carlos Santana, George Benson, Paquito de Rivera e Plácido Domingo.[1] Maia has also played in many festivals around the world, such as Free Jazz Festival, Heineken Concerts, Paris Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival etc.[5]

In 1990, Maia recorded his first solo album, which won the Prêmio Sharp award one year later.[2] In 1996, he recorded his second album, which was very well received by critics, and in 2002 recorded Planeta música, with the participation of many famous musicians, such as Dennis Chambers and Mike Stern.[6]

In 2005, Maia organized a tribute to his uncle, who died that year. That show happened in Mistura Fina Pub, Rio de Janeiro, with participation of the Brazilian singer Leny Andrade.[6]

Maia also produces recordings for other artists. For example, he has produced both solo albums by celebrated singer/songwriter Vanessa Pinheiro.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1986: Tom & Villa (with Gilson Peranzzetta), Pan Produções[7]
  • 1990: Maia, Som da Gente[8]
  • 1996: Arthur Maia, Night and day, Paradoxx Music,[9]
  • 2000: Black Fusion Band ao vivo (with Hiram Bullock), Niterói Discos[10]
  • 2002: Planeta música [11]
  • 2010: O Tempo e a Música

With Cama de Gato[edit]

  • 1986: Cama de Gato, Som da Gente[12]
  • 1988: Guerra fria, Som da Gente[13]
  • 1990: Sambaíba, Som da Gente[14]
  • 1993: Dança da lua, Som da Gente[15]
  • 1995: Amendoim torrado, Albatroz[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Arthur Maia". Clube do Choro de Brasília (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Arthur Maia". Cliquemusic (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Neder, Alvaro. "Arthur Maia: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Arthur Maia". Clube de Jazz (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Arthur Maia é atração do Música de Domingo". Notícias da UFMG (in Portuguese). Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Arthur Maia: Dados Artísticos". Dicionário Cravo Albin da Música Popular Brasileira (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tom & Villa - Gilson Peranzzetta (piano) e Arthur Maia (contrabaixo)". Cliquemusic (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Maia". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Arthur Maia - 1996". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Arthur Maia & Hiram Bullock - Black Fusion Band ao vivo". Cliquemusic (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Planeta música". Cliquemusic (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Cama de Gato". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Guerra fria". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Sambaíba". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Dança da lua". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Amendoim torrado". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 February 2010. 

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