Cidade Alta

by Tristan Banks

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"Tropical lushness to soothe the winter blues away. Bang on the money!" Blues and Soul Magazine

Cidade Alta is Portuguese for Up Town or City High.... when i was living in Olinda, Brazil. This was how the locals referred to the old original part of the town. it was always a lively part of town filled with the sounds of Maracatu, Afoxe and Baiao

Olinda is a colonial town on Brazil’s northeast coast, near the city of Recife. Founded in 1535 by the Portuguese, it’s built on steep hillsides and distinguished by its 18th-century architecture, baroque churches, convents, monasteries and brightly painted houses. Originally a center for the sugarcane industry, it’s now known as an artists’ colony, with many galleries, workshops and museums


released December 12, 2016
Brazil meets UK via N.Y.C. in this baiao jazz dance workout featuring a world class quartet

Flutes- Ze Luis
Bass- Braulio Araujo
Keyboards- Mark Edwards
Drums, Percussion, Composition, Producer - Tristan Banks

Recorded in Recife- Brazil, NYC and Brighton- England
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Tristan Banks Brighton, UK

Tristan has worked as a recording artist and session musician building a reputation as a knowledgeable, versatile and authentic world-class drummer and percussionist. Working with many artists covering a wide field of musical genres including Roy Ayers, Dave Valentin, Idris Mohammed, David Gilmour, Marcos Valle, Da Lata, Carleen Anderson and Mayra Andrade ... more

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