Hermeto Pascoal E Grupo – Planetario Da Gavea [FARO229LP]

On a balmy Brazilian night in February, 1981, a crowd gathered in Rio de Janeiro’s Gávea neighbourhood under the iconic dome of the city’s Planetário (Planetarium). Alongside musicians like Helio Delmiro and Milton Nascimento (who were in the audience that night), they were there to see the great ”Bruxo” (sorcerer) Hermeto Pascoal live in concert, with his new band formation which would become known simply as ”O Grupo” (The Group). Most of the compositions performed that night at the Planetário had never been recorded before, and many are unique to this album, including the wild ‘Homônimo Sintróvio’, the exaltant ‘Samba Do Belaqua’, ‘Vou Pra Lá e Pra Cá’ and ‘Bombardino’, which features Hermeto’s wonderfully absurd call and response mouthpiece soliloquy. Then there’s the stunning 7/4 Samba ‘Jegue’ which builds with inventive dissonance, before releasing yet another celestially colourful, celebratory refrain. The show also features the first recorded performances of ‘Era Pra Ser e Não Foi’ and ‘Ilza na Feijoada’ (inspired by Hermetos’ wife Ilza’s famed black bean and meat stew), which Hermeto later recorded on his 1984 studio album ”Lagoa Da Canoa Município De Arapiraca”. Across the recording of the Planetário concert, wild improvisation meets groovy, virtuosic vamping on progressive, extended psychedelic jams. The tracks are generally built around a beautiful, transcendent melody; instantly recognisable as being Hermeto’s, and for the most part, the musicians then solo over extended two chord vamps. There’s a plethora of powerfully delivered rhythms, wild solos and the performances are punctuated by Hermeto’s unpredictable, at times comical sonic antics.

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Hermeto Pascoal E Grupo – Planetario Da Gavea [FARO229LP]

Francisco Mora Catlett – Mora! I & II [FARO 222LP/FARO 223LP]

CATLETT, Francisco Mora - Mora! I

Far Out Recordings presents Mora!, and for the first time ever on vinyl Mora! II. Mexican-American percussionist and former member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Francisco Mora Catlett originally recorded and released his debut solo LP as a private press in 1987, but the sequel he recorded over the course of the next few years with an expanded Detroit jazz brass section was shelved for decades to follow. A pan-American melting pot of hypnotic afro-cuban rhythms, frenetic batucadas and fiery sambas, Mora I & II are holy grails of latin jazz, masterminded by an unsung hero of the genre.

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Francisco Mora Catlett – Mora! I & II [FARO 222LP/FARO 223LP]

Nomade Orquestra – Estremundos [FARO198]

Nomade Orquestra return from the stratosphere via Brazil with their second offering: Entremundos (Between Worlds). Gazing outward through a kaleidoscope from the heart of Sao Paulo’s jazz scene, the collective consciousness of the ten-man orquestra has dreamt up an adventurous amalgam of earth’s most far reaching musical cultures. Recorded at Red Bull Studios, Sao Paulo, Entremundos is like a cosmic musical playground where Ethio-jazz, Indian classical and Oriental sounds dance around Afro-Brazilian roots rhythms and Northern hemisphere jazz, funk, soul, library music and hip-hop influences. The sheer vastness of the album is astounding, Nomade Orquestra have quite literally conquered the world in sound. vinyl / CD
Nomade Orquestra – Estremundos [FARO198]

Azymuth – Dear Limmertz [JD037]

AZYMUTH - Dear Limmertz

With the dust of their new album Fenix still settling, Far Out and Azymuth flex back 37 years for one of their finest and most indelible records in their illustrious and consistent career: “Dear Limmertz” slaps and pops with the same ridiculous soaking wet slap bass it did when it first blew your mind. With dreamy chords, that yearning vocodered vocal and the pensive prelude thrown in, it’s still an incredible one-of-a-kind record. And that’s before we get to the way-ahead-of-its-time breakbeat and deep groove of “Maracana”.

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Azymuth – Dear Limmertz [JD037]

Nomade Orquestra – Nomade Orquestra [FARO189]

NOMADE ORQUESTRA - Nomade Osquestra
Nomade Orquestra came together in Sao Paolo in the year 2012, though they could just as easily have emerged fully formed into our world from a mystical land where spaced out jazz soundtracks daily life and the passing of time is rhythm and groove… such is their elusive, ethereal yet highly accomplished and deeply funky otherness. The time is ripe for ten of the most talented and daring musicians working in Brazil today to deliver their fully formed debut. Effortlessly weaving through the disparate sounds of Brazil’s diverse musical diaspora, the group describe themselves and their shared project as ‘the point where different musical expressions and strands meet and interact in a unique way.’ From funk and soul to Afrobeat, Ethio-grooves, dub and hip hop, their sound remains firmly anchored in the world of jazz while taking off to the cosmic stratosphere and incorporating electronic elements, alongside traditional Brazilian styles along the way

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Nomade Orquestra – Nomade Orquestra [FARO189]

Azymuth – Avenida Das Mangeuiras [JD024]

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Two timeless classics by Brazilian jazz-funk pioneers Azymuth in fresh new interpretations.Theo’s SS Translation of ”avendias das mengeuiras” is an edit that keeps the groove flowing and thoroughly translates all the energy and impetus that made this track such a delight when it first saw release back in the day. LTJ Xperience (aka Luca Trevisi) re joins the FAR OUT ranks for a second outing after his stellar remix in the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra series. This time LTJ’s slo-mo disco revision of “Partido Alto’ takes the B-side of this release into a grove laden funkathon of nigh on epic proportions. The slap bass line of the original sits deep in the back beat groove Trevisi crafted in this stomper of a remix and delivers a true homage to a band who knew how to get down with the best of them.

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Azymuth – Avenida Das Mangeuiras [JD024]

Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – Vendetta [FOMD007]

Far Out Recordings present the seventh 12″ single of the Monster Disco Orchestra series.FOMDO07 brings together three monster producers from Essex house electronic soul boy Kirk Degiorgio, the Detroit master Theo Parrish and original disco remix man John Morales. Kirk Degiorgio returns to Far Out with a signature heavy techno mix of Vendetta with glitchy siren synths to the fore this hard hitting piece of highly original techno music. Theo Parrish’ sound is here in full widescreen with blissful production as the Detroit bass and samples create this addictive relaxed mix. John Morales is the pioneer of the remix and original producer of Jocelyn Brown, Galaxy, Five Star, Shalamar and all things disco fabulous. The previously unreleased disco dub version of ‘He’s Alright’ ends this heavyweight vinyl EP, which collects the highlights.

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Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – Vendetta [FOMD007]