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Hugo Fattoruso Homework

Producer Neil Weiss founded the Big Music label in order to release some live performances of legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius in various configurations. After the label was off the ground, he turned his attention to the south and released some noteworthy CDs by steel drummer Othello Molineaux, Brazilian Toninho Horta, and a nice collaboration between Romero Lubambo and Gil Goldstein. But Weiss’ latest passion, to which he has devoted the label’s attention for the time being, is the music of Uruguay. That small nation, wedged in between Brazil and Argentina, obviously feels the musical influence of those countries, but also claims it’s own unique African-flavored music called “Candombe.” One of Uruguay’s premier musicians (and a common factor on all but one of Big World’s Uruguayan releases) is keyboardist/composer Hugo Fattoruso. Fattoruso has worked extensively in Brazil with such luminaries as Airto, Milton Nascimento, Djavan, Chico Buarque, and Toninho Horta. He’s spent time in the U.S. as well, so he has absorbed a wide range of musical influences into his own personal style.

Homework is largely a family affair. Hugo’s wife Gabriela sings on several cuts, son Francisco plays bass, and Alex and Christian play guitar. Brother Jorge, a world-renown drummer with whom Hugo frequently records, isn’t on this CD; however, there’s an ensemble of twelve percussionists on hand to keep the Candombe rhythms firmly in place.

The music on this disc focuses on folk tunes, a few with the surging percussion (especially “El Gramillero,” on which the last three minutes is all percussion ensemble), but more often accompanied only by Hugo’s keyboards, accordion, or guitar. You’ll hear some pop, jazz, and other Latin styles embedded in the work. But you’ll hear more of these genres on the Trio Fattoruso and Ruben Rada CDs, which I will review in the near future. This CD is more home-grown. Hugo is primarily known as a keyboardist, but he sings extensively on this disc and turns in competent performances. Almost all of the vocals are in Spanish, with the exception of the tender lullaby “Can’t Reach,” sung in English to a child he must be away from too often.

Hats off to Neil Weiss for introducing us to this previously under-recorded musical culture! (Big World BW 2020)

Track Listing: Brisas; Milonga Blues; Conmigo; Melodia en Candombe; Atardecer; Agua y Aceite; Aero Rings; Todo Voce; Islands

Personnel: Hugo Fattoruso

Title: Homework | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Big World Music


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Hugo Fattoruso was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1943. Fattoruso is a composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.[1] As well as developing a career as a soloist, he has participated and performed in many different genres: Trio Fattoruso (with his son Francisco and his brother Osvaldo), Hot Blowers, Los Shakers, Opa, Eduardo Mateo, etc. He has collaborated also with such renowned artists as : Airto Moreira, Abraham Laboriel, Manolo Badrena, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Ruben Rada, Djavan, etc.[1]


  • 1952–1958: Trío Fattoruso
  • 1959–1963: The Hot Blowers.
  • 1964–1969: Los Shakers
  • 1969–2005: Opa
  • 2000–present: Trío Fattoruso
  • 2003–present: Hugo Fattoruso and Rey Tambor
  • 2004–present: Soloist
  • 2007: With Yahiro Tomohiro created "Dos Orientales"


Los Shakers "Los Shakers"

Los Shakers "Shakers for You"

Los Shakers "La Conferencia Secreta del Toto´s Bar"

Los Shakers "Por Favor"

Los Shakers "Break it All"

Los Shakers "Bonus Tracks"

Hugo & Osvaldo Fattoruso "La Bossa Nova de Hugo y Osvaldo"

Airto Moreira Fingers (CTI, 1972)

Eumir Deodato & Airto Moreira (live) "In Concert"

Opa Goldenwings

Opa Magic Time

Airto "I'm Fine How Are You"

Manolo Badrena "Manolo"

Opa "En Vivo y Rarities" (re-edition, CD of LP "Opa En Vivo")

Opa "Back Home"

Otroshakers "A Los Shakers"

Barcarola – 1981 – "Barcarola"

La Escuelita "Ahora Sí"

Jaime Roos "Mediocampo"

Los Pusilánimes "Qué Suerte" (cassette only)

Hugo Fattoruso "Oriental"

Hugo Fattoruso y Jorge Graf "Momentos"

Grupo del Cuareim "Candombe"

Hugo Fattoruso "O Último Blues"

Hugo Fattoruso "Ciencia Fictiona"

Hugo Fattoruso "Varios Nombres"

Hugo Fattoruso Homework

Rey Tambor "Palo y Mano"

Trío Fattoruso "En Vivo en Medio y Medio"

Trío Fattoruso "Trío Fattoruso"

Candombe en New York "Alma y Vida"

Ricardo Nolé -H.Fattoruso "Dos Álbumes de Música Uruguaya" ( CD's edition of you first soloist LP "Varios Nombres")

Milton Nascimento "Planeta Blue Na Estrada do Sol"

Milton Nascimento "Milton"

Milton Nascimento "Angelus"

Milton Nascimento "Journey to Down"

Milton Nascimento "Tambores de Minas"

Milton Nascimento "Nascimento" (H.Fattoruso, arranjer)

Chico Buarque de Holanda "Morro Dois Irmaos"

Ruben Rada "Montevideo"

Ruben Rada "Montevideo 2"

Ruben Rada -H.Fattoruso "Las Aventuras de Fatto-Rada"

Djavan "Meu Lado"

Takamasa Segi "Forest Rain"

Takamasa Segi "Silencio"

María de Fátima "Bahía com H"

Rey Tambor "Emotivo"

Rey Tambor "Puro sentimiento"

Lee Tomboulian & Circo "North/South Convergence" (arranger, producer)

H. Fattoruso y Yahiro Tomohiro "Dos Orientales"

Hugo Fattoruso "Café y Bar Ciencia Fictiona"

Mio Matsuda "Flor Criolla"

Mio Matsuda "Compas del Sur"



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