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 didnt include names featured on the album like Roberto Menescal, Fabiola, Emilio Santiago and Marcio Lott wouldnt 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.
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