He has gone on to start his own record label, Range Recording Studios, in Ardmore, PA and has produced/ released a total of 16 albums throughout his career. Levinson also co-composed and produced the score for the Cinemax documentary “How Do You Spell Murder?” by Oscar-winning directors Alan and Susan Raymond.
This installment of the Latin Roots music series focuses on samba music and Levinson explains the history and traditions behind samba in Latin America. Levinson explains how Samba started in a favela called Estacio in the 1930s and is the national music of Brazilian culture and embraces the country's Afro-Brazilian history. He says that, although samba comes from much older, West African form, it was still designed for a mass audience because it was played on the radio. Levinson plays a selection of samba music, such as “O Telefone Tocou Novamente” by Jorge Ben, which is a cover of the original samba song and in it, you can hear an American soul music influence.
Jorge Ben / O TELEFONE TOCOU NOVAMENTE / Brute Force
Sambajazz Trio / SABOR ANTIGO / Agora Sim!
Latin Roots 17: Aaron Levinson on Samba
"Samba Do Irmao", by Marinho Da Vila, from Meu Laia Raia
"Esperancas Perdidas", Os Originais Do Samba, from O Samba E A Corda, Os Originais
"Forca Bruta", by Jorge Ben, from Forca Bruta
"Back in Bahia", by Gilberto Gil, from A Arte De Gilberto Gil
"So Danco Samba," by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, from Getz/Gilberto
"Samba Do Aviao", by Jobim Trio and Milton Nascimento, from Novas Bossas
"1O Encanto Do Gantois", by Beth Carvalho, from "Brazil Classics 2: O Samba"
"Quem Me Guia", by Almir Guineto, from Brazil Classics 2: O Samba
"Sufoco", by Alcione, from Brazil Classics 2: O Samba
"Aldeia De Okarimbe", by Neguinho Da Beija Flor, from Brazil Classics 2: O Samba