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Raul de Souza

Post by Davidus1 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:42 am

I just checked out Raul de Souza on YouTube. Wow! What a valve bone player he is. Incredible talent. He is playing a 4 valve valve bone. Anyone know what model this is by chance. I've never seen a 4 valve valve bone before. Check him out!

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Post by CheeseTray » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:03 am

The horn looks like it is a Calicchio (known for custom trumpet mouthpieces) and a custom to boot. Note the bottom of the engraving where it appears to say "built for Raul de Souza." You can see the bell a couple of times during the video.
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Post by King2bPlus » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:11 am

A Calicchio. Must be a custom build.
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Post by Bonearzt » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:17 pm

I've enjoyed Raul de Souza's playing for a LONG time!! He hasn't received the recognition he deserves!!

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Post by greenbean » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:56 pm

Love this guy. He usually seems to be playing a Bach 42B.
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Post by PaKETaZ » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:30 pm

I don’t think he’s playing a Bach, but I can be wrong.

I do know he developed his own valve trombone: the Souzabone.

I can find it’s an “electric trombone” but I really don’t understand why. Think it’s a larger bore than usual and four valves.
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Post by Kbiggs » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:25 pm

PaKETaZ wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:30 pm
I can find it’s an “electric trombone” but I really don’t understand why. Think it’s a larger bore than usual and four valves.
It looks like he’s using a dedicated mic (the one on his right) for the special effects. You can see him press the pedals.
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Post by Davidus1 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:16 pm

CheeseTray wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:03 am
The horn looks like it is a Calicchio (known for custom trumpet mouthpieces) and a custom to boot. Note the bottom of the engraving where it appears to say "built for Raul de Souza." You can see the bell a couple of times during the video.
I believe it is a Calicchio. I was able to freeze the video and that's what it looks like on a close up of the bell. Wow! What a player this guy is.
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Post by Davidus1 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:29 pm

Found this video of de Souza with Frank Rosolino. He's playing slide bone on this and is tremendous.

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Post by bassbone » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:54 pm

Davidus1 wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:29 pm
Found this video of de Souza with Frank Rosolino. He's playing slide bone on this and is tremendous.

Great playing! Laughed out loud when they listed the composer as Tom Jobim though. Must have been Antonio Carlos Jobim's American cousin :)
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Post by greenbean » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:40 am

bassbone wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:54 pm

Great playing! Laughed out loud when they listed the composer as Tom Jobim though. Must have been Antonio Carlos Jobim's American cousin :)
He was also known as Tom Jobim...
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Post by Davidus1 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:15 pm

greenbean wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:40 am
bassbone wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:54 pm

Great playing! Laughed out loud when they listed the composer as Tom Jobim though. Must have been Antonio Carlos Jobim's American cousin :)
He was also known as Tom Jobim...
Cool! Didn't know that.
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Post by bassbone » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:28 pm

greenbean wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:40 am
bassbone wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:54 pm

Great playing! Laughed out loud when they listed the composer as Tom Jobim though. Must have been Antonio Carlos Jobim's American cousin :)
He was also known as Tom Jobim...
Did not know that! (obviously). I just leaped to the conclusion that it was anglicized by whoever filmed this. Oops
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Post by bellend » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:10 am

I think in his heyday he used a pick up in his mouthpiece which you can make out in this album cover.

Think he plays a Yamaha slide bone know from the wrap.

Sweet Lucy is such a kickin' track of his such a great groove. Thought for a while there we might have a commercially successful trombone artist but it only lasted a few albums and in the end went very Disco with 'Till Tomorrow Comes'..... shame


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Post by dukesboneman » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:04 pm

From what I remember about the "Souzabone". It`s a one of a kind 4 valve trombone in "C".
Calicchio did make it for him and said that it was difficult to make so "Never again".
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Post by Joebone » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:03 am

Yes on Raul da Souza! His valve thing is cool, but his slide playing rocks! Was identified with the Bach 42B back in the day. And when I played regularly, back in only a slightly more recent day, RdS was a big influence, particularly as I was drawn strongly toward Brazilian music at that time, and also found myself using a 42B on a wide range of gigs. IRRC, he started on bass - not bass trombone - and switched to trombone in early adulthood...
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Post by Chiptingle » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:12 pm

It’s so cool to see Raul de Souza getting some much deserved love and admiration! In addition to valve and slide bones, he spent a good portion of his career playing tenor sax.

His time and feel are genre defining, in my opinion.

He had a close association for years with George Duke, Airto, and Flora Purim, among others.

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