This is an astounding recording. After wearing out at least 2 vinyl copies in the 70's, I was absolutely ecstatic finding this released on CD. But then again, I have always included Airto in my top 2 or 3 muscians of all time .. along with Hendrix. Go figure.
With some of Airto's usual suspects including Hugo Fatturuso on keyboards, David Amaro on guitar, the ever beautiful and magicical Flora Purim, and Raul de Soza on trombone settling in with American musicians like Herbie H of course, John Heard and John Williams playing their asses off on bass, and even Louis Johnson from Brother's Johnson playin' slap .. think he might have been only 19 or 20 years old at the time .. topped off with the true musical genius of Egberto Gismonti on keyboards and guitar, these guys put together some truly powerful and moving music. Magic .. really. Not an overly long recording by total time, it nonetheless holds up to the test of time.
For me, there are passages that transcend superior musicians simply playing great. Like many of Hendrix's early recordings, for me, these songs have an undefinable magic that moves me as much as any music anytime anywhere.
As an extra note, check out Egberto's piano and guitar .. all I can say is wow! This guy is on another planet .. like Airto, like Hendrix .. beautiful powerful emotion with licks like none other. Hope you enjoy.