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  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Far Out Recordings
  • ASIN: B0002TSABA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Estatico
2. Biaozinho Carioca
3. Demais
4. Sambafrica
5. Retro Visor
6. Depois De Carnival
7. Sao Pedro
8. O Lance
9. Sem Destino
10. Ed Lincoln
11. Pra Ze
12. Te Querendo
13. Gubbio
14. Roda Piao

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Product Description

Three decades after Azymuth made their first tentative steps into bossa nova society, BRAZILIAN SOUL is a return to their blistering form of the early '80s. The new album sees them borrowing from the musical vocabulary that has always been one of the most exciting narratives of Brazilian music, as well as indulging their enthusiasm for new sounds that still makes them heroes and inspirations to a generation of 21st Century producers, from 4Hero to Masters At Work. They have linked up again with a truly great cast of celebrated Brazilian performers, some who were there at the genesis of Azymuth, and some who hitched a ride during the last 30 years – any history of Brazilian music that didn’t include names featured on the album like Roberto Menescal, Fabiola, Emilio Santiago and Marcio Lott wouldn’t be one to be trusted. Although their sound hails from the tropical funk scene which emerged in Rio in the mid '70s, their music is still as pertinent now as was then – their live shows demonstrate that the percussive furnace which drives their sound is still burning bright. The tour of Europe that will accompany the album in October and November is an unmissable chance to see their age-defyingly energetic performances in the flesh. Tracks: Estatico (feat. Marcio Lott) / Biaozinho Carioca / Demais (feat. Emilio Santiago and Leo Gandleman) / Sambafrica / Retro Visor / Depois De Carnival (feat. Fabiola) / Sao Pedro / O Lance / Sem Destino / Ed Lincoln (feat. Fabiola and Marcio Lott) / Pra Ze (feat. Sabrina Malheiros and Roberto Menescal) / Te Querendo (feat. Marcio Lott) / Gubbio (feat. Ze Carlos) / Roda Piao.


"A rhythmic odyssey… the original, still active Rio jazz funk outfit" -- The Telegraph.

"Velvety samba…dance music as played by human beings rather than computers." (3/5) -- The Sunday Times.

"Warm, floaty Brazilian jazz fusion from the venerable Rio Trio… unforced and ego-less musicality." (3.5/5) -- Independent on Sunday

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By acid_win VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well I may have been but a youngster when these guys first started recording together but if with age a fine wine can mature then these guys have been through many such cycles of maturity. I have been a fan since my teens when Jazz Carnival exploded on the scene and have collected many of their Milestone recordings as well as some of their newer Far Out recordings. Sometimes fan worship isn't always the best way to decide whether something is good or bad but I can honestly say that this album warms you from the first track.
On this album they do what they do best which is to blend Brazillian rhythms and funky fusion with a soulful groove. The title Brazilian Soul is very apt as the whole album flows with a very soulful feel without sounding too smooth. There are plenty of guest appearances and even traces of previous legendary tracks. For example, "Retro Visor" has to be an hommage to Dear Limmertz as the Malheiros bass and the background vocals are just obvious references.
It is nice to see a group celebrate a milestone in the business without the usual greatest hits gimmick but something which can be appreciated and admired in a totally different light with kudos going to the fact that they can still produce great music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Franko on 27 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is Azymuths best album to date with a lovely
dreamy laid back feel right through the album.
Sensible use of the vocoder and great guest vocalists
enhance the spacey atmosphere.A mature Brazilian Jazz
Funk classic that hits the spot... for me anyway!
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By Trevor Stride on 15 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Likely their best album. Sleep well Bertrami :(
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
SUPERB CD !!@!!~@~!!@~@!!~@ 16 Feb. 2005
By Papetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Azymuth is back and superbly !!!!

I like this new recording from A to Z;

1) The Guests: Roberto Menescal, Emilio Santiago, Sabrina Malheiros, Marcio Lott, etc.etc.

2) The compositions are as fresh as they were back in 1975.

3) And Emilio's rendition of Demais is out of this world.

If you are a fan of Azymuth, don't hesitate a second, grab it.

If you are a fan of Brazilian Jazz, same thing.

If you are just new to the Brazilian realm, this is a perfect CD for you.

Far Out makes limited runs, so better get it while it's still available.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Jazz Funk , Brasil speaking 19 Jan. 2006
By Peppino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Muitas vezes define-se o jazz pelo improviso,

pela vibração e entusiasmo e pelo vigor.

No matter what language, everyone wants to define "jazz" musics, and the hybrid movements that followed.

Bertrami, Mamão and Malheiros are legend from incendiary days backing Marcos Valle and their first musical endeavours, and Azymuth has been a staple of the jazz musics performed with electric instruments that is touched by funk and "R&B " elements, as well as, in this case the famous MPB, "música popular brasileira"!

To the few who may be uninitiated, Azymuth is a wonderful musical stew;

~~ José Roberto Bertrami on multiple electric keyboards and piano,who can be compared to Josef Zawinul, except that Bertrami has his own unique flavour

~~ Alex Malhieros , Rickenbacker bass and violão, occasional electric guitar, the Rickenbacker gives the bottom a special edge, along with

~~ the incredible powerful drum of Mamão, Malheiros and Mamão can be compared, they are a unit much like the famous Tower of Power duo of David Garibaldi and Rocco Prestia!

For one lucky to see Azymuth "ao vivo" (live show), they go beyond the catagory they usually are given in USA, put in the "smooth jazz" , a misnomer.

Bertrami and grupo can be, given any evening, quite experimental, but the recordings are usually of the lovely melody, pretty chords (Bertrami's chord voicings gorgeous), funky grooves, all served up with the Brasilian tradition!

This CD, a recording from England's "FAR OUT" label promotes the dance hall affair love England has with Brailian sounds, and features glorious vocals from Brasilian samba funk vocal giant Emilio Santiago, and less known Marcio Lott, who sings "over the moon" also!

Not as much a jazz/funk outing as a very nice popular funk /soul recording, much as Marcos Valle has been releasing the last few years.

"Demais" in particular, a standout vocal track, while "Pra Zé" features contribution from mestre Roberto Menescal, "Roda Piao" just insane FUN!

Not for the heavy jazzers with a prejudice against electric sounds, but I am sure the discerning ear of the most "elitista" jazz entusiast can detect the virtuosity of this famous trio and their guests!

A thousand stars in the sky
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A true Azymuth album but... 9 Dec. 2004
By L. C. B. Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Incredible to say, after all the great albums this supertrio already made. A new album and, a very good one. But, as there is always a but, splendid tracks are mixed with some "populair" track. More poppy then jazzy. In a way they have tried to get 14 tracks on this album with a mix of "thirty years Azymuth", in this way they have succeeded it brilliantly. Because, lining up all the Azymuth albums, it is a mix. Compare the great album Ligth as a feather with the album Curumim, or Volta a Turma and see...a true mix. The choice they made to have some old friens with them on this album is a very nice choice. Emilio Santiago is great, as well the daughter of bass player Alex Malheiros, Sabrina, well chosen! For the admirers and followers of Jazzy Brazil, this album is a jewel in your CD rack!
Swinging Brazilian Soul 23 July 2009
By M. Povoa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Azimuth is a wonderful trio that has been playing together since the 70's.
This recording is from 2004, so there is an amazing level of musical intimacy among the musicians.
It features really elegant compositions and arrangements, all extremely well captured on studio sessions.
The result is a bright and very "up" atmosphere that blends bossa nova (samba), soul and jazz.
On top of that, the sound quality is superb.
The theme "Demais" has also Emilio Santiago on vocals, and is an instant hit.
A must have CD. Highly recommended.
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