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Azymuth
Brazilian Jazz Fusion

Brazilian Soul

Brazilian Soul
with Roberto Menescal, Leo Gandleman,
Emilio Santiago, Ze Carlos, Marcio Lott
(2004)

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Light As A Feather
Featuring "Jazz Carnival"
(1979)

I heard my first Azymuth in 1981 and was hooked. I bought every album by the group, and when they slowed down, I bought everything I could find by Alex Malheiros, Jose Roberto Bertrami and Ivan Conti. Now I am collecting the music on CD. Why? Because I never grow tired of hearing this great music, and Light As A Feather is one of their best albums. My favorite tracks include Partido Alto and Light As A Feather, which are sexy and funky. You will also go for Avenida das Mangueiras. The music gets into your body, and you can't stay still. Awesome. --an Amazon.com reviewer
 

Azymuth Albums, A - Z

Cascades / Rapid Transit
two albums
(1982 / 1983)

Azymuth could pretty much do it all. The Brazilian trio of keyboardist José Roberto Bertrami, bassist/guitarist Alex Malheiros, and drummer/percussionist Ivan Conti, aka "Mamão" (all b. 1946), dazzled with multi-tiered virtuosity, conjuring whirlwinds and waterfalls, lunarscapes or rainforests. Certain locomotive sambas might morph into furious jams, suggesting a rock power trio, or the group could lay back as if taking a cue from Ahmad Jamal. Cascades and Rapid Transit, the two LPs paired herein, from 1982 and 1983, respectively, capture Azymuth when their trademark samba doido ("crazy samba") was reaching its apex in America. There is, of course, nothing remotely crazy about fusing various beautiful and provocative sounds from all over Brazil with electro-funk and jazz, and Azymuth, occasionally abetted here by some of Brazil's finest street and studio musicians, likely did it better than anyone, ever. --Fantasy Records

I've been looking for this album since I was in college back in the early 90's. I was thrilled when I found out Fantasy Records re-released it along with another obscure Azymuth album. I love the first 7 tracks which represents the Cascades CD, especially "Indian Pepper" and "Cascades of the Seven Waterfalls". I found it to be one of their best recordings. Rapid Transit though is not one of their better efforts. I wasn't too impressed with many of the tracks. I found it very abstract, like a painting. Maybe it will grow on me. Overall, get the CD for the first 7 tracks. You wont be disappointed!! --an Amazon.com reviewer


Crazy Rhythm

Crazy Rhythm
(1987)
 

Flame / Spectrum
double album CD
(1984 / 1985)

Though they called what they did samba doido ("crazy samba"), Azymuth was solidly rooted in the rich melodicism and all-encompassing groove that are the twin-essences of their Brazilian homeland's long and storied musical tradition. The trio's bare-bones, albeit ultra-modern, instrumentation and almost extrasensory tightness at times suggested a Brazilian Booker T. & the MGs. But it was the sensuous way in which Azymuth blended a wide range of jazz, pop, classical, dance, and indigenous music that set them apart. This disc combines two of Azymuth's strongest Milestone albums, Flame and Spectrum from 1984 and '85, respectively. Led by virtuoso keyboardist José Roberto Bertrami, the group welcomes a starry array of guests (including the soaring vocalist Flora Purim), rendering a typically prismatic batch of originals, plus gems by some of Brazil's outstanding composers, as well as their unique take on Marvin Gaye's epochal "What's Going On." --Fantasy Records


Live At Copacabana Palace
(1999)
 

Outubro
with six bonus live tracks
(1980)

I bought this album when it was originally released in 1980, and still sounds fresh 20 years later. Mixing traditional Brazilian samba with jazz fusion, Outubro(October for those who don't speak Portugeuse) is one of Azymuth's best albums. The extremely funky "Dear Limmertz" is worth the price of admission alone. Plus this CD reissue contains previously unreleased live tracks to make this already great album even better. --an Amazon.com reviewer
 

Partido Novo
(2002)


Telecommunication
(1981)

No lie: I first heard Azymuth's "Last Summer in Rio" in the early 80's and taped it off the radio. The tape lasted a number of years, then in the summer of 2000, I bought the CD. An old girlfriend borrowed it and would not give it back. Six months later, on our first evening date, I noticed that my new ladyfriend had "Telecommunications" in her CD rack. This was a sign from God, as she had earlier told me that John Coltran's album with Johnny Hartman was one of her favorites. But, her taste in music was not the only reason I married her . . . . --an Amazon.com reviewer

The combination of Alex Malheiros (bass)& Ivan Conti (drums)is just magic! This is a nice blend of Bossa Nova & Jazz and yes the formula works. "Estreito de Taruma" is as funky as a song can get while "Last summer in Rio" is your one way ticket to Copacabana beach. JR Bertrami changes lovely from piano to organ (another miscellaneous instrument). Buy this one, these guys deserve all the support they can get. And if you got the chance to see them live, do it! They are twice as good as on record.....believe me, what an experience that was!
--an Amazon.com reviewer


Tightrope Walker
(1986)

This album is absolutely awesome, and if on top of that you add without a single doubt one of two of the most famous and best cuts ever performed by Azymuth, the combination could not be any better. "Samba da Barra" is that superb cut; the other one is "Partido Alto" from their Outubro album. This group has been an outstanding representative of Brazilian Jazz and Brazilian Enchanting Rhythms around the world for over three decades, and this album is easily a perfect example. Buy it today, soon you'll be transported to Brasil and their peerless Natural Beauty. --an Amazon.com reviewer
 



Woodland Warrior

(1998)

A welcome recent release from a band that's been around for around 30 yrs. The first track is a laid back jazz-pop tune set above a background of jungle sounds and atmospherics. You could just imagine yourself slowly cruising the Amazon. The Quest is underpinned by a 70's disco drumbeat, but is a vehicle for several keyboard solos from Bertrami. The third track sets us back into a laid back mood but with more light and shade for interest. Track 4 (So Sad) is blue-mood funky piece. The title track(penned by Ivan Conti) has got to be the outstanding track with some great drumming and percussion in changing rhythm times. The bassist Malheiros also thrives in this format. Festiva nativa typifies their music of the last two decades with splendid piano from Bertrami. Xingu is a typical Brazillian samba which fuses some Jazz elements. The second last track is a funky dance track. And that brings us to the last track a delicious funky cover of the Headhunters's tune from the 70's. --an Amazon.com reviewer
 

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