Victor Assis Brasil

Esperanto (FARO201LP)

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Esperanto

Victor Assis Brasil

Far Out

5060211503436

LPS 164783

FARO201LP

LATIN

1

LP 18,99 €

180 HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL

Smooth bossa nova this is not. Victor Assis Brasil, a Brazilian saxophone prodigy who studied at Berklee College of Music, was clearly soaking up a ton of American and international music when he recorded Esperanto with a slate of gifted Brazilian players in 1970, a week before his 25th birthday. From the opening cymbal crash of Jimmy Heath’s “Gingerbread Boy,” the album’s sole cover, it’s clear we’re in for a wild ride. This is blistering, inventive jazz that feels more influenced by Coltrane’s pioneering work a decade earlier—and perhaps by 1960s psychedelic rock—than it does by Jobim’s uber-cool and mellow CTI output of the same era. There’s a dose of rock-ish fury on “Quarenta Graus A Sombra,” where Brasil’s runs take on a chaotic edge, a la Eric Dolphy (who, like Brasil, died unexpectedly in his mid-30s)

PERSONNEL:

  • Victor Assis Brasil - alto saxophone
  • Dom Salvador - piano, electric piano and organ
  • Edison Machado - drums
  • Hélio Delmiro - guitar
  • Edison Lobo - bass

TRACKS:

  • SIDE A
  • A1. Ginger Bread Boy
  • A2. Children
  • SIDE B
  • B1.Marilia
  • B2. Quarenta Graus A Sombra
  • B3. Ao Amigo Quartin