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Flora Purim

Influenced by both traditional Brazilian singers and the improvisations of American jazz divas like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Flora Purim was one of the most adventurous singers of the 1970s. After meeting and marrying her husband, percussionist Airto Moreira, in their native Brazil, Purim moved with him to the U.S. in the late '60s. Though she worked with Stan Getz and pianist Duke Pearson before the decade ended, it wasn't until joining Chick Corea, Joe Farrell, Stanley Clarke, and Moreira in the original Return to Forever in 1972 that she became well known in the States. Purim showed considerable promise on Forever classics like "500 Miles High" and "Light As a Feather" and lived up to it when she went solo with 1973's Butterfly Dreams. Ranging from superb to passably decent, Purim's Milestone dates of the mid- to late '70s kept her quite visible in the jazz world. Purim's work grew erratic and uneven in the 1980s, and she wasn't recording as often (though she did provide one album for Virgin and three with Moreira for Concord's Crossover label). Purim didn't record very often in the early to mid-'90s either, but she continued to be highly regarded in Brazilian jazz circles. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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tkisi111
I saw her and airto in Detroit in the late 80's at PJazz. After the show, my pal and I tracked them down (at their room) and had a great chat with them both, though Flora was understandab l y a bit put off.
saw her and airto (EYE EAR TOE) at rosie's in new orleans, fantastic
I saw flora and Iairtoe, joint band at a small club during a ragging snow storm in the chicago area back in the late seventys.. f*king hot band.. weather report comes to mind.. because her hubby around that time.. also played drums and what not for weather report
this is one of the best vocal solos that exists.
Nothing Will Be As It Was Tomorrow is a masterpiece.
audreynashle y
She has a soothing , calming style of delivery...l o v e it! A dear friend of mine turned me onto Flora...so grateful.
Hard to believe that 2 months could go by without a comment here. Flora Purim, I discovered in the Lexington, Kentucky used album racks near High on Rose in the late-70s, saved me from a lifetime of extreme complacency. I am eternally grateful, and I still hope to hit those high notes.
elkatehar
Only a handful of singers with 5 octave range. Been listening to her since 75'. Stories to Tell and Open Your Eyes You Can Fly are absolutely wonderful.
mariecm59
classy!
this is mucsical kick aaaaasssssss s s s s ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
The Orginal Return to Forever Lineup is under-valued , such a unique, spacey sound. Flora taught me that "voice" was another instrument. Would be a treat to see them play in the States these days
apache.inga
so many great memories associated with Flora
blairleeblai r
"Open Your Eyes You Can Fly" and "Sometime Ago" are two perfect example of jazz fusion in the late 1970's. Not listed in the discography is "Nothing Will Be As It Was", a towering achievement. Her work with George Duke is undervalued.
bobbyb237
She's out there. Free and unadulterate d .
I like her sound. She's got some interesting lyrical inuendos.
Flora is also incredible on "Welcome" by Devadip Carlos Santana. The song called 'Yours is the Light'. If you've never believed in the Supreme Creator, you will after listening to this particular composition. GOD bless Flora, Airto and Carlos Santana!!!!
I saw Flora and Airto in Chicago in the 70's at a small jazz club. It was great!
The most hackishly imitated artist, she remains unique!
Surpreendent e .
Flora has always been amazing!
Never heard her before, but love it.
earlwiggs10
GREAT!!!!!!! ! !
earlwiggs10
LOVE LOCK IS ON CARRY ON LP YALL!!! MTUME DID A VERSION TOO!!! MY FAV.......
earlwiggs10
YEAH I STILL OWN MY CARRY ON LP FROM BACK IN THE DAYS....GREA T THO'BACK SISTA!!! LOVE ALL YOUR MUSIC....... P E A C E
jd1409
lov me some flora quite a artist
One of my favorite female artist been a true fan and listener of her music since the days of Return To Forever, Chick Corea, Airto.

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