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Azymuth: Brazilian Soul

The illustrious Brazilian group Azymuth celebrates its 30th anniversary with Brazilian Soul (Far Out). The band’s many followers will find a great deal to enjoy on the album-and not just because it clocks in at a whopping 76 minutes. The tunes reflect the different phases of Azymuth’s career and thus cover a lot of stylistic ground. “Estatico” and “Biaozinho Carioca” swing gently, led by shimmering keyboards, while “O Lance” combines keyboard effects and funky organ with a repetitive dance-floor beat. “Depois de Carnival” is a festive band jam propelled by tribal percussion and featuring chanted vocals, and “Sao Pedro” sets processed “vocals” and a buzzy, futuristic electronic rhythm atop a steady beat. The brisk, trumpet-accented “Ed Lincoln” salutes the renowned Brazilian musician by that name, and “Pra Ze” is a bright bossa nova. The gentle “Te Querendo” features graceful acoustic guitar, and the album closes with the catchy, uptempo “Roda Piao.”

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