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Alfredo Dias Gomes / Press

“that inspired him throughout his career in his album Looking Back, a labor of love to Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, and more. His powerful drum beats match every saxophone note and guitar riff. Gomes also bravely adds his signature drum exhibitions to his heroes' works, making them more alive and pulsating. "Red Baron" is like a melting pot of electrifying riffs, sizzling saxophone, and ferocious drum beats where everything is in sync, creating something splendid that would make Cobham proud. Guitarist Yuval Ben Lior, saxophonist Widor Santiago, and Gomes each have their own shining moments in the track. It's jazz fusion taken to a whole new level with each instrument showing off different intensities without overshadowing each other's unique sound. "Nite Spite" begins with fast and feisty drumming that later merges effortlessly with energetic saxophone and emphatic riffs. Gomes masterfully demonstrates how he has sharpened his craft in this cover.”

“The latest effort from drummer Alfredo Dias Gomes finds him Looking Back at his musical heroes and creative inspirations. It's a true labor of love, wherein Gomes and his cast of top-drawer musicians equal or even surpass the individual qualities of the originals. Gomes just doesn't just echo their instrumental complexities but adds a personal flair to them. These aren't simply recreations but invigorating performances that highlight what made them brilliantly memorable to begin with. Widor Santiago's scorching saxophone immediately grabs the spotlight in "Red Baron"; it pushes the song forward with indelible hooks. Gomes' powerful, punchy drums adds weight to the funky rhythms as guitarist Yuval Ben Lior's ferocious riffs light up like fireworks. This is when a tribute transcends its initial mission; Gomes' version of "Red Baron" proudly stands on its own. The chemistry between Gomes and his band and guest artists fuel most of the album, which collects one highlight after another. N”

“Q: When did you start playing the drums. A: I started studying drums in 1970 with 10-years-old. I had classes with good Brazilian teachers and the opportunity to study with percussionist/drummer Don Alias when he visited Brazil in '76 and '77 with the Stone Alliance group. Q: When did you become interested in jazz? A: Jazz has always been present in my home because of my big brother, who studied trumpet and listened to jazz. But when I started studying drums, I used to like rock music. After, I learned Brazilian rhythms and the next level could only be jazz. Q: You have three Chick Corea covers on your latest effort, Looking Back. What is it about that group which appeals to you the most. A: The first time I saw Chick Corea live was in 1976, when he played at a festival in São Paulo. I was very impressed with this show, especially with the compositions. I believe that 200 years from now, people will be listening to Chick Corea as”

“At times, the explosive energy on Alfredo Dias Gomes' new album Looking Back could light up the sky. On his cover of Chick Corea's "Nite Sprite," Gomes' frenzied, rapid-fire drumming leaps out of the speakers; it's a relentless burst of speed and precision, delivered with perfection by an artist who has mastered his craft. It is exhilarating, especially when Yuval Ben Lior's chunky, electrifying riffs and Widor Santiago's robust saxophone similarly pick up steam. On the surface, Looking Back is an homage to Gomes' favorite jazz artists, the ones who expanded his imagination. But Gomes transcends the art of producing a tribute effort. These aren't just note-for-note renditions, but are truly dazzling performances. Gomes' version of Stanley Clarke's "Silly Putty," displays the bracing skills of Gomes and his backing musicians. Marco Bombom's relentlessly funky bass drips with sweat; he cuts a breathtaking groove. Guilherme Dias Gomes' trumpet comes in hot as well and Lior's guitars”

“'Alfredo Dias Gomes and colleagues demonstrate the sort of breadth and depth of musicianship resereved for the masters on this riveting jazz tour de force.'”

“It’s not often you listen to a CD that’s written by a talented drummer but Alfredo Dias Gomes and his latest CD, “Corona Borealis,” hits the music scene with another spectacular collection of Jazz/Funk/Rock music. This album contains songs that are mellow and rich in sounds and textures and a cast of players that perform with well balanced precision. Right from the first track, “Solo,” Gomes gives the listeners a taste as to the talents he has to offer as his cymbals are crisp and clean, the toms have a wonderful tone, and bass drum is rich and solid... If you’re a fan of smooth Jazz then the superb album, “Corona Borealis,” would be a great addition to your musical collection.”