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Azymuth: Telecommunication

Read "Telecommunication" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Brazilian trio had its roots in the 1960s but under different group monikers. They also recorded for the renowned jazz label Milestone Records, releasing several albums. To a considerable extent they were largely praised by critics via the musicians' tightknit but not over-cooked spin on jazz fusion, featuring indigenous percussion tinted with samba-like overtones. According to the press release, “simultaneously, [they all] enjoyed flourishing solo careers during their downtime from the band. While guitarist/vocalist Jose Roberto Bertrami sadly passed ...

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Ithamara Koorax: Brazilian Butterfly

Read "Brazilian Butterfly" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Except for two ballads--the cosmopolitan “Carinhoso with her Brazilian jazz fusion compatriots Azymuth, and Herbie Hancock's title track--Ithamara Koorax's ninth album is her most adventurous release. It seems constructed to honor legendary Brazilian vocalist Flora Purim and her husband/bandleader/percussionist Airto. This Brazilian Butterfly soars and flutters while multiple percussionists (often as many as four on the same song, most often led by the late and legendary Dom Um Romão, with Koorax frequently flailing away among them) knit together, pull apart, ...

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Ithamara Koorax: Love Dance: The Ballad Album

Read "Love Dance: The Ballad Album" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Ithamara Koorax has released several albums in Brazil and Japan, but Love Dance is only the second US album for this star from Rio, the follow-up to her debut Serenade in Blue.

With her unmistakable voice, Koorax sings English, Portuguese, and Spanish love songs composed by such masters as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá, Marcos Valle and Ivan Lins, plus songs by Claus Ogerman and Jurgen Friedrich (in German). Her voice manifests this diversity to its advantage: ...

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Azymuth: Cascades/Rapid Transit

Read "Cascades/Rapid Transit" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Creators of the samba doido (“crazy samba”) the Brazilian power trio Azymuth reached their zenith of popularity during the early 1980s when the two albums paired on this Milestone reissue were first released. Theirs was a collective music infused with a variety of influences including everything from Bossa Nuevo and indigenous Indio rhythms to space rock and fusion. Augmenting their core pyramid with a small cadre of fellow countrymen their sound is odd blend of acoustic and amplified instruments that ...

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Azymuth: The Best of Azymuth

Read "The Best of Azymuth" reviewed by AAJ Staff

It’s unusual that a band who has recorded more than sixteen albums as a unit and as soloists are still relatively unknown outside their home country, but this may be true of Azymuth.

The band consists of keyboarder and arranger Jose Roberto Betrami, drummer Ivan Conti and bassist Alex Malheiros. Betrami and Conti met whilst playing in two separate bands in a club in Rio one night in the late sixties and immediately formed a mutual respect and decided to ...

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