Azymuth - Demos 1973 - 75
Far Out Recordings are proud to present two previously unreleased and unheard recordings from the formative years of Brazil’s iconic jazz-funk titans. Recorded between 1973-75 at the late great keyboard maestro Jose Roberto Bertrami’s home studio in Rio, the tracks are a mesmerising document of the futuristic sound Bertrami, Ivan Con (drums), Alex Malheiros (bass) and Ariovaldo Contesini (percussion) were developing before going on to release their cult favourite,self-titled debut with Som Livre.
With a huge opening 8-bar drum break, and Bertrami’s keyboard set up including Arp Solina Strings, Fender Rhodes 88, and a Clavinet with Wah Wah, Castelo (Version 1) captures Azymuth’s alien space-funk sound in its rawest, most progressive form. Juntos Mais Uma Vez on the B side is an enormous instrumental soul ballad, which ebbs and flows with heart-wrenching Hammond organ melodies punctuated by the low-slung, deep groove of Brazil’s most beloved rhythm section.
Following this special limited edition 7” for Record Store Day will be a two volume LP release comprising a comprehensive archive of some of the samba- jazz-funk mavericks’ wildest, unreleased early music.
7" - Limited Edition 7"