Bijoux Barbosa?

An e-mail announcement from the trumpeter Brad Goode:

This Thursday, July 26th:
Brad Goode trumpet
Bijoux Barbosa bass
Todd Reid drums
6:30 -9:30 pm
300 2nd Avenue
Niwot, CO 80544

I realize that few Rifftides readers will find themselves in the tiny Boulder, Colorado, suburb of Niwot tomorrow. If you are in that area of the Rocky Mountains, however, and make it to Trepedda’s Italian Ristorante, hearing Brad Goode will be worth the trip even if you have to drive all the way from Boulder or Denver.

But that’s not the point. The point is that Goode’s bass player is named Bijoux Barbosa. I’m always intrigued by euphonious appellations, as Cuthbert J. Twillie called fine-sounding names. But, I wondered, who is Bijoux Barbosa—and can he play? A web search answered the first question. He’s Brazilian. His real first name is Eduardo. He studied in his hometown of São Paulo, has been in Colorado for 15 years and has worked with Herbie Mann, Brian Lynch, Ron Blake, Jaleel Shaw and Ron Miles, among others.

Whether he can play, you may judge from this brief duet with tenor saxophonist Eric Trujillo at the Mi Vida Strings shop in Denver. The piece is Chucho Valdez’s “Mambo Influenciado.”

Given the list of performance credits above, it is clear that Bijoux Barbosa is far from unknown, but he was new to me. Perhaps he is to you. I’ll be keeping an ear out for him.

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  1. says

    Bijoux is, indeed, an exceptional musician. His main axe is electric bass, on which he is regarded extremely highly around these parts, often working with Don Grusin, Nelson Rangel and doing the lion’s share of the studio work in Denver. Upright bass is a newer pursuit for him, and he is becoming a monster on this instrument as well.

    I’ve recently completed a new recording featuring Bijoux on electric bass. His work on it is really something extraordinary!

  2. says

    Thanks for the mention Doug! We are honored to serve such awesome musicians as Brad and Bijoux in our shop. The question is though how does a jazz saxophonist become a luthier?? Another story for another time! :)

  3. says

    When you’re capable to play only in duo, or as a trio without piano, or guitar – just you with bass & drums – it’s like passing the craftsman’s examination of jazz, if there were one.

    It’s such a tough thing to do; it’s like walking a tightrope without a safety net, ’cause no one is there to help you out with the chords; it’s just two lines. It’s the perfect setting.

    Chapeau, Mr. Trujillo & Mr. Goode!

  4. Jim Brown says

    Dunno about Bijoux, but from the years we both spent in Chicago, I can testify that Brad is a monster!