Rubens Bassini

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Rubens Bassini (January 26, 1933 in Rio de Janeiro – September 1985) [1] was a percussionist, who played bongos and congas above all. He played together with the band Os Ipanemas: Astor Silva; (trombone), Marinho (bass), Wilson das Neves (drums) and Neco (guitar).

He also played with Judy Collins, João Gilberto, Sérgio Mendes, Chuck Mangione, Dom Salvador, Carly Simon, Spyro Gyra, Eumir Deodato and Dave Grusin, predominantly Bossa Nova.


  • Rubens Bassini E Os 11 Magnificos 1960 Rio de Janeiro, Brasil re- issued 2002
  • Rubens Bassini Y Los Latinos 1963 Rio de Janeiro, Brasil re -issued 2010
  • Rubens Bassini with Sérgio Mendes and Brasil '66, 77, 88
  • Deodato - Deodato 2 - 1973 (CTI Records)
  • The Atlantic Family Live in Montreaux - 1976 (Atlantic Records)

As sideman[edit]

With Herbie Mann

With Chuck Mangione

With Jimmy McGriff

With Don Sebesky

With Stanley Turrentine