It may be winter but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend it’s summer with some Brazillian-influenced beats from Da Lata. Da Lata (meaning From the Tin in Portuguese) are a Brazilian-influenced British group formed in the early 1990s.


The main member of the group is Chris Franck, a multi-instumentalist and main creative input. Other members have included Liliana Chachian, Oli Savill, and Tristan Banks. Another member, at least when it comes to studio work rather than when live performing, is Patrick Forge. Better known as a DJ who made a name for himself DJing alongside Gilles Peterson at the infamous Dingwalls club in Camden, North London in the early 1980s to mid-1990s, where they would play Jazz, Soul and Jazz fusion music, mixed with a heavy influence of Latin music including many Brazilian music forms like Samba, Batucada, Bossa Nova, et al, which became identified with the term Jazz-dance because many serious dancers who were into, and more especially liked dancing to, Jazz music used to congregate at the Sunday daytime event.


Chris and Patrick’s relationship stretches back more than ten years to the night when Patrick was handed a demo tape of Batu, the band Chris had formed in Brighton. Their funky fusion with a Brazilian twist appealed to Patrick who was up for the challenge of working with a live band. Recruiting vocalist Sharon Scott, they started to steer the band in a more soulful song – based direction whilst also honing the band’s samba skills, with percussionist Carl Smith being another creative live -wire contributing to the mix. Invited to record in Paris for Big Cheese, Chris, Patrick and Carl somehow managed to turn the half written tune they’d arrived with into Seasons Of My Mind a tune that is still regarded as a classic in jazz-dance circles world wide. Batu were essentially a seven piece live band, and on stage they delivered some classic performances, supporting Joyce at a Talkin’ Loud session, and at Glastonbury. However when a potential record deal fizzled out the strains of holding a whole band together became too much for Chris and Patrick, and with Carl already departed to join Stomp!, the move into a more studio based approach to making music was inevitable.


From 1998 and 1996:


Da Lata – Pra Manha (Main Rub)
Ruby – Hoops (Da Lata Remix)
Da Lata – Berimbalcapoeira


Da Lata MySpace


~ by acidted on February 13, 2009.

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