Azymuth, Demos (1973-75) Vol.1  
Azymuth
Demos (1973-75) Vol.1
BEL 1xLP 
Label: Far Out Recordings
Release Year: 2019
Style: Jazz & Blues
 
  Tracks  
  A1. PREFACIO (J.R. Bertrami/A. Malheiros/I. Conti) 4.26
A2. CASTELO (VERSION 1) (J.R. Bertrami/A. Malheiros/I. Conti) 3.42
A3. MELÔ DA CUICA (J.R. Bertrami/A. Malheiros) 3.58
A4. XINGO (Version 1) (J.R. Bertrami/A. Malheiros/I. Conti) 4.58
B1. LARANJEIRAS (J.R. Bertrami/A. Malheiros/I. Conti) 7.36
B2. EQUIPE 68 (J.R. Bertrami/A. Malheiros/I. Conti) 5.44
B3. UNKNOWN JAM (J.R. Bertrami/A. Malheiros/I. Conti) 1.58
B4. UNKNOWN SONG FOR MARIO TELLES (J.R. Bertrami) 3.52
 
  Since their debut album release in 1975, Azymuth have risen to rank alongside the world’s greatest jazz, funk and fusion artists. As young men in Rio de Janeiro, they stood out for both their exceptional talent as musicians, and their wild rock ‘n’ roll antics in the predominantly middle-class worlds of bossa nova and jazz. Their signature ‘Samba Doido’ (crazy samba) sound ruptured the tried and tested musical structures of the day, resulting in what can only be described as an electric, psychedelic, samba jazz-funk hybrid.

Before they became Azymuth, José Roberto Bertrami (keyboards), Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti (drums), Alex Malheiros (bass) and Ariovaldo Contesini (percussion) played backing band to just about every major artist in Brazil. Bertrami was also contracted as an arranger and songwriter at some the biggest labels of the era: Polydor, Philips, Som Livre, and EMI being just a few. Azymuth’s name can be found on record sleeves by the likes of Jorge Ben, Elis Regina, Marcos Valle, Ana Mazzotti and countless others. But at the dawn of the seventies, fascinated by developments in improvisational music - from jazz in the US, to progressive rock in the UK and of course samba, bossa and tropicália on home turf - the energetic young group were inspired and ready to move forward. Any spare moment in which they weren’t in sessions and writing music for other artists, they would be carving out their own sound.

These previously unheard recordings took place between 1973-75 at Bertrami’s home studio in the Laranjeiras district of Rio de Janeiro. At the time of recording, there was nothing in Brazil, less the world that sounded anything like them, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that when Bertrami presented his demos to the record companies he had been working for, he was turned away, and told in effect that the music was ‘wrong’.

One of the demos ‘Manhã’ would be picked up by Som Livre and Azymuth released their seminal debut album in 1975. Throughout the late seventies and eighties, the group released a series of now classic albums for Milestone Records, before taking an indefinite hiatus to pursue their individual careers.

When English producers Joe Davis and Roc Hunter arrived in Brazil in 1994 to record the first Azymuth album in over a decade, Bertrami dug out the demos which had sat virtually untouched for over twenty years. Joe recalls how he was “blown away by the freedom and intensity of the music, as well as the genius of the ideas musically.” Beginning a long and fruitful relationship, ‘Prefacio’ would be the first track Azymuth recorded for Far Out Recordings and was released on the Carnival album (1996).

Along with ‘Manhã’ and ‘Prefacio’, only a handful of these demos were ever professionally recorded and released, making this the first opportunity to hear many of these early Azymuth compositions in their raw, original form.

On every track the frenetic energy in the studio is palpable, giving the recordings a beautifully personal feel and a sense of the phenomenally creative vision Bertrami, Malheiros and Conti were realising at the time. Fifty years on, Azymuth’s earliest recorded music retains an ineffable, futuristic quality, standing amongst their most captivating and moving work.
 
      Wish List  
  Price: CHF 33.00   Currently not on stock!
Please check back later or call us for more information:
+41 (0)43 322 02 04
 
  Releases of the same artist  
  Azymuth, Jazz Carnival  
Azymuth
Jazz Carnival
[Far Out Recordings]
TIP  
GBR 12inch  Wish List
CHF 18.00 Restocking!
 
  Azymuth, Azimüth  
Azymuth
Azimüth
[Far Out Recordings]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 40.00 Restocking!
 
  Azymuth, Águia Não Come Mosca  
Azymuth
Águia Não Come Mosca
[Mr Bongo]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 26.00 Add To Cart
 
  Releases of the same label  
  Ana Mazzotti, Ninguem Vai Me Segurar  
Ana Mazzotti
Ninguem Vai Me Segurar
[Far Out Recordings]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 33.00 Add To Cart
 
  Milton Nascimento, Ultimo Trem (White 2LP) (RSD20)  
Milton Nascimento
Ultimo Trem (White 2LP) (RSD20)
[Far Out Recordings]
BEL 2xLP  Wish List
CHF 41.00 Add To Cart
 
Adrian Younge Presents Loren Oden
My Heart, My Love
[Linear Labs]
Alpha & Omega Meets The Disciples
The Sacred Art Of Dub, Vol.1 (White LP) (RSD20)
[Mania Dub]
Alpha & Omega Meets The Disciples
The Sacred Art Of Dub, Vol.2 (White LP) (RSD20)
[Mania Dub]
Anteloper
Tour Beats Vol. 1
[International Anthem]
Augustus Pablo
One Step Dub
[Greensleeves]
Ayalew Mesfin
Che Belew (March Forward)
[Now Again]
Brecht Ameel
Ghost Tropic
[Hands In The Dark]
Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Chicago Waves
[International Anthem]
Da Buze Bruvaz
Present Clever 1 - Perverted And Drunken With...
[Grilchy Party]
FKJ
Ylang Ylang
[FKJ]
Germannu
Germannu
[Notes On A Journey]
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Shaman!
[Strut Records]
Josiah Steinbrick
Liquid / Devotion & Tongue Street Blue
[Hands In The Dark]
Las Raices
Gentrified
[All Welcome Records]
Lee Fields
Let's Get A Groove On (RSD20)
[Daptone Records]
Magic In Threes
Stay In Your Lane (RSD20)
[King Underground]
Makaya McCraven
Universal Beings E&F Sides
[International Anthem]
Mammal Hands
Captured Spirits
[Gondwana Records]
Mikis Theodorakis
Serpico (OST) (RSD20)
[WeWantSounds]
Milton Nascimento
Ultimo Trem (White 2LP) (RSD20)
[Far Out Recordings]
Rubba / The Roger Webb Sound
Way Star
[Ace Records]
Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike)
Run The Jewels 4
[BMG]
Sean Price & Small Professor
Latoya Jackson - RSD 2020
[Coalmine Records]
Sly5thAve
What It Is
[Tru Thoughts]
The New Clarence Reid
Cadillac Annie (RSD20)
[Phil-La Of Soul]
Timeless Legend
Synchronized (Ltd. Numbered LP) (RSD20)
[Expansion]
V/A
Earth Feel It 7x7'' Box-Set (RSD20)
[VP Records]
V/A
New Horizons: A Bristol Jazz Sound
[Worm Discs]
V/A
Spiritual Jazz Vol.12: Impulse!
[Jazzman]
Various (Slctd by DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite & Chintam)
WAMONO A to Z Vol.1
[180 G]
  1. Admas
Sons Of Ethiopia
 
  2. Jason Joshua & The Beholders
Alegria Y Tristeza
 
  3. Lord Finesse
Motown State Of Mind
 
  4. BOCAB
Preach On Sunday/Can I Get...Ahhm
 
  5. LX72
Remixed
 
  6. Florin Büchel
The Horizon Problem
 
  7. Jay Worthy & Harry Fraud
Eat When You're Hungry Sleep When You're Tired
 
  8. Revelation
Love Affairs
 
  9. Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike)
Run The Jewels 4
 
  10. Slow Attack Ensemble
Music For Turntable, Guitar And Sampled Instruments