I’m not sure why I have been under the impression that Far Out Recordings had been on a hiatus for some time (they weren’t!) They certainly released a lot more music that ended up on my radar in recent months and it often felt like in the “good old days”, when they married love for Brazilian music with fresh producers like Henry Wu or Tenderlonious.
Anyway, the London-based label crowns its decade-long success with their 200th release, a long-lost album by one of Brazil’s finest, the living legend of Hermeto Pascoal, who was once described by Miles Davis as “the most impressive musician in the world.”
Recorded in just two days in 1976, at Rogério Duprat’s Vice Versa Studios, São Paulo, the sessions featured Hermeto’s go-to ‘Paulista’ rhythm section: Zé Eduardo Nazario (drums), Zeca Assumpção (bass) and Lelo Nazario (electric piano), as well as saxophonists Mauro Senise, Raul Mascarenhas and Nivaldo Ornerlas, guitarist Toninho Horta and vocalist Aleuda Chaves. Hermeto decided he would record with this particular group following a show at Teatro Bandeirantes, during which an almost spiritual musical connection amongst the group was realised.
“Viajando Com O Som” is available today on vinyl, CD and digital and can be purchased an the Far Out Bandcamp store and all good record stores. And if you’re in London and wondered what to do tonight, why not check out the release party at TRC.
For more than two decades, Joe Davis’ Far Out Recordings introduced the world to some of the most beautiful music to ever come out of Brazil. Among their early releases was the first CD release of José Mauro’s 1970 album “Obnóxious”, a record that’s rightfully been called “A holy grail” by Gilles Peterson. Unfortunately, little is know about Mauro’s life, it’s all rumours and speculation. What is known though, is that unlike many other rebellious musicians of his generation, he decided against fleeing the country during the military repression that lasted for two decades, a fact that serves as basis for more dramatic theories.
Despite all this sadness, there’s good news for fans of his music – and fans of Brazilian music in general. 22 years after the release of the CD version, Far Out announced the another reissue on vinyl and various digital formats (including CD) for September 23, 2016. If you need one reason to pre-order the album, listen to the touching “Exaltacão E Lamento Do Último Rei” below.
Joe Davis’ Far Out Recordings is yet to release another Brazilika compilation, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the label. A 12-inch with two of Marcos Valle‘s songs remixed will be released before the CD comes out later this month. The Theo Parrish’s remix was premiered on Boiler Room Debuts the other day, and if you haven’t heard it yet here’s your chance. The b-side comes from Bugz in the Attic engineer Daz-I-Kue, who revives his Bloodfire moniker for the remix.
The 12-inch will be out on March 23rd and can be pre-ordered from the Far Out store. Until then, you’re invited to listen to Gilles Peterson’s Marcos Valle special.