If the title of Os Catedráticos 73 didn’t include its vintage, it would have been obvious anyway. Everything, from the faux-monochrome cover art to the CTI house horns to Orlandivo’s funky cowbells and Durval Ferreira’s wah-wah guitars that back Eumir Deodato’s piano and Hammond B-3, screams 1973. But if this Brazilian groove music is dated, it’s also delightful—and, with its remastered clarity, as danceable as ever.
The level of improvisation on the album is quite low. It’s always Deodato on organ, always very short (if meaty), and usually comes with the track’s fadeout. (A solo part in the idle of “Atire A 1a Pedra” sounds improvised, until it’s followed by a close paraphrase from the horns.) That and its funk-pop beats belie the “jazz” categorization—as does its tendency to borrow the gauzy horn-and-flute voicings of Muzak, as on “Puma Branco (The White Puma)” and “Passarinho Diferente (The Bird).”