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Azymuth

Brazilian electrified trio Azymuth called their music samba doido, which means "crazy samba." The actual sounds, though, were not so crazy: the intelligent, high-voltage blend of Brazilian rhythms, jazz, and funk with occasional acoustic episodes gained a sizable following in the 1980s. The members of the group included José Roberto Bertrami (born February 21, 1946, in Tatui; died July 8, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro) on acoustic piano and keyboards, Alex Malheiros (born August 19, 1946, in Niteroi) on bass, and Ivan Conti (born August 16, 1946, in Rio de Janeiro) on drums.

Classically trained and originally influenced by pianists Bill Evans and Luíz Eça (of the Tamba 4), Bertrami worked with Flora Purim and Robertinho Silva before meeting Conti at a Rio nightclub. Upon a visit to a bowling alley/club in 1972, they heard Malheiros and decided to join forces to form Azymuth. Their first album, the soundtrack for the film O Fabuloso Fittipaldi, was released in Brazil in 1973. After spending a number of years as session men in Rio recording studios and touring South America, a successful appearance at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival led to a 1978 U.S. tour with Airto and Purim. A contract with Milestone in 1979 resulted in a long string of eclectic and influential albums that established the group in the American and European markets. All three members also recorded solo albums for Milestone.

Bertrami left the group around 1988, after which Malheiros and Conti carried on for a while with keyboardist Jota Moraes. In the '90s, Bertrami rejoined Azymuth permanently. They signed to Far Out Recordings and issued a long string of albums including Carnival, 1997; Woodland Warrior, 1998; Pieces of Ipanema, 1999; Before We Forget, 2000; and Partido Novo, 2002. In 2007, their self-titled debut album was reissued by the label in a deluxe package. It was completely remastered, and contained an additional disc of remixes by some of the world's best-known dance music producers. In 2008, Azymuth continued their tireless display of creativity with the universally acclaimed Butterfly, which they followed with Aurora in 2011. Sadly, José Roberto Bertrami died in Rio during July of the following year; he was 66 years old. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi
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Experienced this Trio in Salinas, California in the late 80s reminds me of my Musical journey of fusion and Samba rhythms...& R.L.U ;-)
sbakirbey
I first heard them in the eighties, instant attraction
cfsami55
Great group!
It can't get any better then this ... the sound is beyond great .. who said old school jazz is still not the best thing out
trecia.dejea n
Good music. You have to move while listening to it. Great sounds.
PLEASE DON'T CALL THIS SMOOTH JAZZ!
WOW I like!!
Great group.
gardenofmone y
all I can say is - an incredible group. no one like em...
gardenofmone y
one of the premier groups rocking smooth, acid jazz back in the day.....bad A** group.
gardenofmone y
ah man, you all really reached back! this was a great album. love their music.
Good for power yoga classes or anthing for that matter
Could lisn
gat4464
One word OUTSTANDING! ! ! one of the Funkiest tracks I have heard in a long time two thumbs up
corwolfna
anyone not accustom to this sound will instantly fall in love with it after listening to these masters! I have fallen...... . . . . . . . . . . What BEAUTIFUL talent, blending the various genres that make this magic....... . . . ! Y O W ! h a h a h a h a h a
Always keep an open mind to 5 star Music....Las t Summer in Rio will stay in the Hearts all the way to grand kids !
Telecomunica t i o n best album ever
This is all there is....straig h t butter for this smooth dope jam!!!!! Moving keys like bob james...
I love this song!..and the live version I heard on youtube was awesome! Very talented group
Senior citizens can still make the right music for all
I remember this song as a kid!
Love this group. I love this song. I could cruze in my car for hours listening to Last Summer in Rio! Hope you enjoy your ride while listening to this cut.
A lot of people are impressed with this trio. They remind me of a smooth Brand X (creative with a soft touch). There was another trio called Azimuth with John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, and Norma Winston that played a meditative jazz style on ECM.
rpvphlee
WONDERFUL , MUSIC , MARAVILLOSA, EXCELLENT.
This joint right here. Nothing but the truth!
Back in the day this group was off the hook smooth jazz.
Love this song...sorry I did not hear from them sooner
Brilliant!
WOW!!! Never have I enjoyed smooth jazz as much as I do you PANDORA you are awesum !!! Deer Phil ...
I started listening to this group back in the 80s as well! I have 3 of their albums, none of which are featured on Pandora. I have always loved their Brazilian rhythm!
ntakas13
the vibes/organi s t work is phenominal.. .
Lasting first impression!! !
anscbo
This is one of my favorite jazz groups of all time. They are my go to artist for their nice flowing sounds. I started listening to Azymuth in the summer of 1983 as a teenager. I found jazz through a local am radio station featuring "Lady Sandy" on the wheels of steel. She would always open with "Last summer in Rio" off their telecommunic a t i o n s album little did I know. I found that CD in 1988 in a music store while serving in the Air Force. It was so refreshing to be reunited with that tune
First time hearing of this group but won't be the last time listening. Mellow, easy to listen to smooth flowing. Give them a listen and decide. Gotta listen to more of them. A most definite new favorite. Remember the name, Azymuth
fejogonzalez
nice song to relax.....it really makes you float
quantum327
Unbelievable . . t h i s song takes me back to my early 20's in NYC.
Love it now in FL...loved it back then...Great to relax to.
bbcmcfly
I love this song! I listen to it often. its on a jazz comp CD I have, its smooth music to listen to on my super early morning drive to work or to chill out to once I'm home taking it slow.
drinasmillio n 7
I like! Very relaxing!
I like them, they kinda remind me of the Cogs (Incognito) !
tony t. says i am embarrassed i have not heard this group before it sounds great
thier concept of samba is incredible i love this group
OMG!!! These are older dudes LOL!!! I thought they would've been some mousse-slick e d , designer-cut types.
moerobd
Man, these kats are good. I must check-out more of their music out.
nice...smoot h
ltolbert65
If you understand music, this is one of the greatest bands of musicians that has ever been assembled.
dstew50
good stuff
all I can say is this group was well ahead of it's time 2010 still play all albums smooth sounds great mix rember always
Very, Very smooth. I am writing right now and this music really helps.
I always look forward to Pandora when they play a cut from Azymuth, especially from 'Telecommuni c a t i o n ' . . h a r d to believe that it's almost 30 years old!
jazzzeone
Telecommunic a t i o n is my all time favorite album from Azymuth. I began collecting their music while stationed in England. There are releases that have not come to the states that are fantastic!
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