I like the more dry version. I would even dry it out slightly more, and perhaps really push the Surdo forward. To me that is the backbone of this kind of Samba beat, that constant low backbeat on the cut-time two. I would perhaps want to hear it staged as prominently as the congas, but I do realize there is a lot going on in there, and not everything can be front and center. At least not without a fight!!
"Sort of Desi Arnaz meets Rod Serling.. The Samba Zone!"
Yes! This is precisely what I had in mind. Thank you!
The 'verbier' sequence seems to have more of a frenzied aspect to it, which I find desirable here. I typically prefer dry summaries, but I used a variety of samples from different sound libraries (StormDrum, EWQLSO, Bosendorfer 290, KHSS, SAM bones and Sam horns and more). Getting all of them to hang together in each of their native splendours doesn't sound right in the final mix. And so I settled on the two different mixes.
The dry one seems like a studio recording, but the wetter one takes me into..."The Samba Zone!"
A dimension of rhythm
Next stop is "The Samba Zone".
"Consider if you will - Fred and Ethel Mertz, long time dance partners and foils for the Ricardos, as they meet their match in... The Samba Zone!"
Wonderful image and plot. This will haunt me for a long time.