Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Vice Versa - Viajando Com O Som (The Lost ’76 Vice-Versa Studio Session) / LP
Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal was once described by Miles Davis as "the most impressive musician in the world"; high praise coming from someone of the jazz legend's abilities. Those unfamiliar with the work of "the Wizard" (a nickname earned thanks to a long, Gandalf-style beard) should check out this fantastic record, which presents for the first time a quartet of previously unreleased recordings from 1976. According to the accompanying notes, much of the material was improvised and barely altered after the recording session. Certainly, there's an attractive fluidity throughout and Pascoal and Grupo Vice Versa (his usual backing band) blur the boundaries between traditional Brazilian music, spiritual jazz, Azymuth style jazz-funk and more far-out, psychedelic flavours. 26-minute B-side "Casinha Pequenina" is particularly potent.
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