Whether it’s true or apocryphal, Miles Davis’ alleged description of Hermeto Pascoal as “the most impressive musician in the world” (sometimes altered to “one of the most important”) has served the ultra-eccentric Brazilian multi-instrumentalist well. Davis used Pascoal on three tracks on 1971’s Live-Evil; that credit, plus the quote, has guaranteed that the visually striking artist, who’s long been a hero at home, would always have somewhat of a following in the international jazz community. And here we are, 47 years later, ready for more.
Pascoal is now 81, sports a mane of wild white hair and beard to match, and is still active. But Viajando Com O Som dates from just five years after his one-off with Miles. The backstory dictates that the music herein was cut in two days and the master tape subsequently lost. It’s now resurfaced and good thing that it has—it’s quite a find.