That's a great point! It struck me right away that the basic Samba pattern is a fast bossa w/ a different ride pattern. If you can do a basic bossa doing straight 8ths on the ride, the Samba is no big leap.Work on a really solid Bossa Nova and experiment with different snare/rim pattern. Up the tempo after a while and you have your Samba.
hi and thanks for this very cool question. I am currently writing an interview-type article with six great drummers from Brasil. One of my questions was "describe a typical practice session". You may have never heard of this particular drummer named Tutty Moreno. Let me tell you, you need to hear him play. He is, for me, the very definition of Brazilian jazz drumming. Tutty's answer to my question was...well, let me quote him right here....I'm trying to learn samba and other cool stuff, too. The biggest problem really is to play it softly and with low volume while you're doing it fast. Any advice other than "it will come with time"? I know it will eventually, but you never know when you're gonna die!