Jun 7, 2016

RhoDeo 1623 Roots

Hello, we'll be staying in Brazil until the Olympics there's plenty of time to explore the it's music scene. The music of Brazil encompasses various regional music styles influenced by African, European and Amerindian forms. After 500 years of history, Brazilian music developed some unique and original styles such as samba, bossa nova, MPB, sertanejo, pagode, tropicalia, choro, maracatu, embolada (coco de repente), mangue bit, funk carioca (in Brazil simply known as Funk), frevo, forró, axé, brega, lambada, and Brazilian versions of foreign musical genres, such as Brazilian rock and rap.

Today, the final post on a Brazilian jazz-funk trio formed in 1973. The original band members were the late Jose Roberto Bertrami (keyboards), plus Alex Malheiros (bass, guitars), and Ivan Conti (drums, percussion)....N'Joy

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Brazilian electrified trio Azymuth called their music samba doido, which means "crazy samba." The actual sounds, though, were not so crazy: the intelligent, high-voltage blend of Brazilian rhythms, jazz, and funk with occasional acoustic episodes gained a sizable following in the 1980s. The members of the group included José Roberto Bertrami (born February 21, 1946, in Tatui; died July 8, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro) on acoustic piano and keyboards, Alex Malheiros (born August 19, 1946, in Niteroi) on bass, and Ivan Conti (born August 16, 1946, in Rio de Janeiro) on drums.

Classically trained and originally influenced by pianists Bill Evans and Luíz Eça (of the Tamba 4), Bertrami worked with Flora Purim and Robertinho Silva before meeting Conti at a Rio nightclub. Upon a visit to a bowling alley/club in 1972, they heard Malheiros and decided to join forces to form Azymuth. Their first album, the soundtrack for the film O Fabuloso Fittipaldi, was released in Brazil in 1973. After spending a number of years as session men in Rio recording studios and touring South America, a successful appearance at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival led to a 1978 U.S. tour with Airto and Purim. A contract with Milestone in 1979 resulted in a long string of eclectic and influential albums that established the group in the American and European markets. All three members also recorded solo albums for Milestone.

CarnivalBertrami left the group around 1988, after which Malheiros and Conti carried on for a while with keyboardist Jota Moraes. In the '90s, Bertrami rejoined Azymuth permanently. They signed to Far Out Recordings and issued a long string of albums including Carnival, 1997; Woodland Warrior, 1998; Pieces of Ipanema, 1999; Before We Forget, 2000; and Partido Novo, 2002. In 2007, their self-titled debut album was reissued by the label in a deluxe package. It was completely remastered, and contained an additional disc of remixes by some of the world's best-known dance music producers. In 2008, Azymuth continued their tireless display of creativity with the universally acclaimed Butterfly, which they followed with Aurora in 2011. Sadly, José Roberto Bertrami died in Rio during July of the following year; he was 66 years old.

Azymuth have also been involved in producing albums and their artists have been involved in several other projects through the years, including an album by Brazilian singer-songwriter Ana Mazzotti, and the 2005 debut album, Equilibria, by Alex Malheiros's daughter Sabrina Malheiros. They call their music "Samba Doido", which means "Crazy Samba". Since the advent of the remix, many of Azymuth's songs have been redone by a wide range of artists and musicians. Several electronic acts like Jazzanova among many others, can be heard remixing their works.

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Jurgen Seefelder, featuring Azymuth" could have been the title because at the time, Jose Roberto Bertrami was not part of the group, they had just come out of two awesome CDs having Jota Moraes as the keyboardist, and they had just had Marinho Boffa back at the piano after their "Rio de Janeiro" CD; so there were so many things going on at the time that caused a noticeable distraction, and the sound is not "too Azymuth"; saxophonist Jurgen also seems to be on the front row and everybody else on the back row. Anyway, as a collectible, "Volta a Turma" is a must-have for serious fans of the best Brazilian Jazz group ever; Azymuth.

Azymuth - Volta a Turma  (flac  286mb)

01 Volta á Turma 8:21
02 Just In Time 4:24
03 Urano 10:44
04 Jogo Do Bicho 5:18
05 Suiça Carioca 7:09
06 Dream Dancin' 7:02
07 Renascimento 8:36

Azymuth - Volta a Turma    (ogg  119mb)

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Another stunner from this legendary Brazilian fusion group! The record's a swirling blend of Brazilian rhythms, soulful keyboard work, and some very tasty modern production. Like the other Azymuth albums on Far Out, this one's got a great edge to it – kind of a spacey funky fusion sound that's very much in a 70s mode, but which also has good open ear for a modern vibe. The keyboards are excellent – way better than on many of the group's older American records – and the whole session's got a great appreciation for the sound that Azymuth can hit when they really open up. Before We Forget is a strong seductive album characterized by beautiful arrangements and a mixture of off-beat bossa and traditional rhythms. The majority of the album is instrumental . Electrical explorations in a meeting with an acoustic universe. Perhaps therefore Folgada with guest appearances by Rosana Jabeuca (vocals) sticks out, a classic, just as the album.

Azymuth - Before We Forget    (flac  419mb)

01 Equipe 68 (Crew 68) 6:49
02 Antes Que Esqueca (Before I Forget) 13:09
03 Folgada 5:07
04 Rosalie 4:10
05 Araruama 5:06
06 Raspa Do Tacho 4:11
07 Castelo (Castle) 7:12
08 Valsa For Us (Waltz For Us) 5:31
09 Tropical Rain (Acoustic Mix) 3:47
10 Tempos Do Parana (Times Of Parana) 7:11
11 Antes Que Esqueca (Organ Prelude) 1:11
12 Castelo (Remix) 7:12

 Azymuth - Before We Forget    (ogg  153 mb)

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Live recording of this great Jazz Funk band at the Copacabana Palace. Very Hard to Find record. Contains the hit single Jazz Carnival (uncuted). Sounds like beeing recorded in studio. BIIIIIIIG record for thoses who like Brazilian Jazz Funk.

Azymuth - Live At The Copacabana Palace (flac 261mb)

01 Jazz Carnival 10:28
02 Partido Alto 4:04
03 Light As A Feather 6:55
04 Dona Olimpia 2:52
05 Montreux 3:35
06 Existe Isto (This Exists) 4:36
07 Voo Sobre O Horizonte (Fly Over The Horizon) 7:10
08 Jazz Carnival (Short Version) 3:50

Azymuth - Live At The Copacabana Palace    (ogg  106mb)

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'Brazilian Soul' is an affirmation of why Azymuth are still among the hottest and hippest cats on the Rio scene, even three decades after they made their first tentative steps into bossa nova. 'Brazilian Soul' is a return to their blistering form of the early Eighties, when their releases would regularly trouble the Top 20s of the US and UK charts...this is a real masterpiece from the original masters! The celebratory mood throughout reflects the sheer vigour and energy that has gone into the making of this album. The tracks on the album can be divided into three parts; the first have been informed by their early work in the Seventies, making some of the most popular bossas in Brazil (tracks here like 'Depois De Carnival' and a tribute to Rio's king of swing (Ed Lincoln); the second inspired by their fertile period of the early Eighties (including 'Retro Visor' which is a reprise of the classic 'Dear Limmertz'; and the last set coming from their collaborations with Joe Davis over the last few years. From shimmering bossas like 'Os Romanticos De Don Juan' (featuring Emilio Santiago) that hover around the coolest margins of easy listening, to the raw, funky disco energy of 'O Lance' and 'Roda Piao', this new album is a return to classic form for Azymuth.

Azymuth - Brazilian Soul (flac 483mb)

01 Estatico 4:26
02 Biaozinho Carioca 7:13
03 Demais 4:18
04 Sambafrica 5:11
05 Retro Visor 3:14
06 Depois De Carnival 6:13
07 Sáo Pedro 5:17
08 O Lance 5:33
09 Sem Destino 6:58
10 Ed Lincoln 3:49
11 Pra Ze 4:00
12 Te Querendo 8:16
13 Gubbio 5:35
14 Roda Piao 6:35.

Azymuth - Brazilian Soul  (ogg   198mb)

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1 comment:

apf said...

Thank you!