Brazilian Soul

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Far Out
PERFORMER: Azymuth
CATALOGUE NO: FARO 091 CD

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Azymuth, from Brazil, features veterans of a younger generation. The band made its name in the bossa nova age, packed up in 1987 and reappeared eight years later, since when it has been a regular visitor to the studios. It has developed with the times and now lives on a chilled-out edge between bossa and jazz, the harmony rich in major sevenths and ninths, the dynamics soft.

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Performances on Brazilian Soul extend themselves generously, not so much building up as proliferating. Rhythms and voices lean in a more traditional direction, instrumental solos in a more cosmopolitan one, especially the long, light-toned keyboard fantasies which are a dominant feature.