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Bola Sete

Born: July 16, 1923 | Died: February 14, 1987    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Bola Sete

Bola Sete (born Djalma de Andrade) was a Brazilian guitarist born on July 16, 1923 in Rio de Janeiro and who died on February 14, 1987 in Greenbrae, California. Sete played jazz with Vince Guaraldi as well as with Dizzy Gillespie. His song “Bettina” was featured on the “Tribe Vibes” breakbeat compilation, as it had been sampled by the musical group A Tribe Called Quest.

Bola Sete's name means “Seven Ball”. In Brazilian billiards, the seven ball is the only black ball on the table, and Bola got this nickname when he was the only black member of a small jazz group...
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”Bola Sete is as significant as Jimi Hendrix and Segovia, in the sense of having wisdom, knowledge, soul and passion.” -- Carlos Santana
  • Bola Sete e 4 trombones (1958)
  • Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete and Friends (1963)
  • Tour de Force (1964)
  • From All Sides (with Vince Guaraldi) (1964)
  • The Solo Guitar of Bola Sete (1965)
  • The Incomparable Bola Sete (1965)
  • Live at El Matador (with Vince Guaraldi) (1966)
  • Autentico (1966)
  • At the Monterey Jazz Festival (1967)
  • Shebaba (1969)
  • Working on a Groovy Thing (1976)
  • Ocean (1981)
  • Jungle Suite (Dancing Cat) (1985)
  • Ocean Memories (Samba Moon) (1999)
  • Shambhala Moon (Samba Moon) (2001)
  • Live at Grace Cathedral (Samba Moon) (2003)

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