Azaxx - The Exotic Delight BayTru Thoughts Recordings
The roster of Tru-Thoughts is filled with an eclectic group of talented musicians. So say hello to Azaxx. The French producer’s full length debut, “The Exotic Delight Bay” is an appropriate title because his compositions consist of exotic rhythms that bridge influences from Brazil and Latin America combined with the electronic grooves and the fresh beats of today. Azaxx’s skills of a top notch DJ and a producer shine through on “Zorbanissimo”, a funky mid-tempo track enriched by the tasty percussion and vibes. “Beach Mambo” is another tasty treat rich with Cuban heritage. For those more partial to the dance floor beats, there’s “Autumn Dreamy, an energetic ambient groover. “Smoothly Morning” is another funky gem filled with soothing chords. “Wild Strawberry Jelly” features a funky bassline and the beats to keep the dance floor crowded. All in all, “The Exotic Delight Bay” is indeed a tropical delight and a crowning achievement. Let’s hope there’s more where this came from.
Reg Dancy, 07/09
Azymuth - Demos (1973-75) Volumes 1&2Far Out Recordings
"Demos Vol 1 & 2" are Azymuth releases taken from reel to reel and cassette recordings from 1973-75. These recordings took place at the late Jose Roberto Bertrami's home studio in Laranjeiras, Rio De Janeiro. When he shopped these demos to various labels around Brazil he was turned away. One listen and it's clear that this vibrant mix of samba, jazz and rock was free flowing fusion that was ahead of it's time. There are brillant performances featured right from the start with "Prefacio". This spirited tune is highlighted by Bertrami's fiery work on keys and Ivan "Mamao" Conti's intense drumming. "Laranjeiras" and "Equipe" are slow burning soulful funk tunes. They pick up the intensity once again on tracks like "Duro de Roer" and "Castelo". Alex Malheiros funky bass builds a steady groove for Bertrami and Conti to let loose. Credit producer Joe Davis for finally bringing this project to light. It's certainly their most experimental work that stands tall alongside their classic recordings.
Reg Dancy, 06/19
Azymuth - FenixFar Out
One of the crown jewels of Brazil for over forty years, Azymuth returns with their first album in five years. "Fenix" captures their wide range of rhythms, from jazzy fuk to sun drench fusion. Keyboardist Kiko Continentino fills the huge shoes created by the passing of long time member Roberto Bertrami and his energy shines throughout here. Take for instance his spacey chords on "Fenix" which complements Alex Malheiros funky bass grooves. "Orange Clouds" is warm and sublime Brazilian Jazz. "Carumb" is their signature brand of "Samba Doido" aka crazy Samba laced with spirited percussion from Ivan Conti. Longtime fans will be pleased to find the group once again on top of their game.
Reg Dancy, 03/17