supergroup Azymuth is celebrating their 30th Anniversary
with an exciting new release titled “Brazilian Soul”. I’ve
adored their music since the early eighties “Cascades,
Telecommunications and Rapid Transit” etc were treasured
masterpieces. Azymuth caught the attention jazz aficionados virtually
everywhere with their unusual recipe for fusing jazz and Brazilian
music. Their prolific harmonies layered by pulsating melodies and
grooves orchestrated by the brilliant keyboard artistry of Jose R.
Bertrami, Alex Malherios funky & articulate bass licks, stabilized
by Ivan Conti’s mesmerizing percussion is parallel with the haunting
vocalesse that inherently flows within the rhythmic voicings called
the beginning the virtuosity of Azymuth resonates with provocative
measure of depth, quality and beauty with their music. Artistically
the music of Azymuth has always managed to fill the void alternatively
as vocalist Marico Lott effectively illustrates on “Estatico”.
Lott’s vocal prowess and tonality massages the mind, body and spirit
in his native Portuguese language.
takes you on pulsating Brazilian samba with “Biaozinho Carioca”
penned by band-mates Bertrami and Malherios. This is without a doubt
vintage Azymuth! Vocalists Emilio Santiago lends his talents at the 3rd
spot on “Demais”; this track is definitely catchy with the
seductive rhythms and colors by the trio.
of dominant attributes musically by Azymuth has always sustained
itself with what I call sneaky funk that’s breezy, samba rhythms an
illusive textures that draws you into the passages of their rhythmic
soundscapes. “Sambafrica” edifies this brilliantly! The track
“Retro Visor” is reminiscent of when I first heard
“Telecommunication” the vo-coder provided by Bertrami; funky bass
lines of Malherios and Conti’s percussive flavorings are simply
awesome. Azymuth’s buoyant spirit takes flight with the festive
“Depois De Carnival” featuring vocalist Fabiola.
has scored another classic with the effervescent “Sao Pedro”.
After all these years Azymuth still has the distinguished qualities
that brought them attention in the first place. At the 8th
position Jose R. Bertrami pens “O Lance” which just further
demonstrates their ability to groove. “Sem Destino” is in classic
Brazilian form which is also written by Bertrami.
Alex Malherios charts a track titled “Ed Lincoln” featuring
Fabiola and Marcio Lott vocals also with quest appearance by Paulinho
Trumpete who plays trumpet solos. Malherios has a knack for penning
catchy tunes with a vocal vibe and crisp hook driven melodies.
Ze” features vocalist Sabrina Malherios and Roberto Menescal who is
also the author, arranger and guitarist on this rhythmically
fascinating piece. The next composition “Te Querendo” is
co-written by Bertrami and Malherios that features the soothing
vocalesse of Marcio Lott once again. Keep in mind this track is 8 plus
minutes in length given the trio ample opportunity openly express with
their creative and harmonious voices. Jose R. Bertrami is the
consummate leader and keyboardist his work is simply marvelous.
puts his pen too “Gubbio” in the 13th spot featuring
the talents of guitarist Ze Carlos. “Gubbio” cascades into the
roaming footprints of inspiring Brazilian melodies as guitarist Ze
Carlos innate ability to garner your attention takes you on a journey.
Multi-instrumentalists Ivan Conti of Azymuth pens “Roda Piao”
which happens to be the last selection on “Brazilian Soul”.
“Roda Piao” is pure Azymuth; the soulful upbeat rhythms pounds
relentlessly with repetitive percussive elements draw you to the end.
to Azymuth for reaffirming their imaginative spirit, delivering an
abundance of undeniably fresh music, thanks too Bertrami, Malherios,
Conti and friends for creating an intimate repertoire of rhythmically
compelling music that has more than enough substance to cherish for
years to come.
Soul” is indeed a celebration of incredibly beautiful music!