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Monday, June 17, 2013

Azymuth @ Hoochie Coochie June 16.

Alex Malheires (bs gtr); Ivan 'Manao' Conti (dms); Fernando Moraes (keys); Marcina Arnold (perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Recreating their 1979 album Light as a Feather, Azymuth laid down their own particular brand of samba jazz and 70's Brazilian pop. Repetitious it may be yet, nonetheless, the compulsive rhythms wind their strings around your heart attuning your pulse into theirs.
Brilliant musicians all, my feet tap, my hands clap. What a drummer! Bass is no bummer! Keys and Korg and Fender Rhodes take us down Brazilian roads. Marcina picks up the guiro and soon we're in Rio de Janeiro.
It was all exciting stuff and yet I wanted more. A horn or too, a singer rather than the wordless vocals and maybe a more dynamic percussionist.
I realise this would have defeated the object of recreation but it would have been nice.
Surprisingly, there were few dancing to what is essentially dancing disco music.
Having said all that, it was still a groove-making night and if I was disappointed it was only by the tiniest margin.
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