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Laudir de Oliveira RIP

Discussion in 'Look Around: Sergio Mendes/Brazilian Music Forum' started by JMK, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. JMK

    JMK Well-Known Member Contributor Thread Starter

    Ithamara Koorax posted on Facebook this morning that Laudir has passed away at age 77. His Wikipedia entry says he died yesterday of a heart attack while performing.
  2. lj

    lj Active Member

    I can see why Sergio Mendes in 1970 installed Laudir behind the conga drums. What lightening fast hands. And his drumming on the Primal Roots album is one for the ages. And his singing on two tracks from the album was remarkable.

    In 2015 I was in New York City on vacation and saw the legendary Marcos Valle and Carlos Lyra perform at the Birdland jazz club. As Laudir had worked with Marcos in the past, I asked Marcos after the show how Laudir was doing. He said he was fine and noted how they had done some songwriting together in the past. I said Laudir sure could keep the beat going and he agreed.

    Rest in peace Laudir.

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