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Hermeto Pascoal


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.18 | 36 ratings

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4 stars My first review at ProgArchives. Sorry for any written error.

Introduction: Multi-instrumentalist, Hermeto Pascoal is one of the greatest brazilian musicians. The names of the musicians he played with, like Miles Davis and George Duke, speak for his greatness. Even being from Brazil i only found out about his career when i was 17 years old (year of 2014) but soon after i became hooked by some of his music and Jazz Fusion bands like Mahavashnu Orchestra and Miles Davis.

The Album: Slaves Mass - I believe this album could be the synthesis of his previous works, "Hermeto" (Jazz with some experimentation) and "A Musica Livre De Hermeto Paschoal" (Northeastern Music/Regional music from Brazil) with more experimental music. Probably the most versatile and complex album in the 70's brazilian music.

Songs: "Mixing pot" ("Tacho") - Jazz, Experimental and the Brazilian vibe of the Bossa Nova. The vocals of Hermeto follow his notes, his big stamp. It is noted the participation of Genesis's tour drummer, Chester Thompson.

"Slaves mass" ("Missa dos escravos") - It's really curious to think that Pink Floyd in the same year of 1977 made artificial sounds of a pig with Gilmour's electric guitar in Animals. Soon after, seeming that Hermeto felt challenged, "a wild pig appears" in this track. Curious vocals. Really experimental.

"Little cry for him" ("Chorinho para ele") - The most Bossa Nova track with "That walts". Great work with the keyboards.

Cannon (Dedicated To Cannonball Adderley) - Dedicated to Cannonball Adderley who died in 1975. There is some melancholic feeling but the vocals and the heartbeats make the song very scary.

Just Listen (Escuta Meu Piano) - It's how the song's title says, just listen his piano, the only instrument played in the track. The song alternates to Jazz, regional and experimental music in a incredible way.

"That waltz" ("Aquela valsa") - Short length. Bossa Nova-ish.

"Cherry jam" ("Geleia de cereja") - Longest track. Amazing keyboards. The way that the acoustic bass builds up tension in the track is great. Hermeto playing soprano sax is impressive!

The review is not completed with the bonus tracks, when i get the CD i'll finish it. I really recommed to any Jazz Fusion aficionado. I am proud to say that i saw this incredible musician alive in a free concert celebrating his 80 years.

crimson_smoog | 4/5 |


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