Three of the greatest albums from Jorge Mautner – really overlooked work from the Brazilian scene of the 70s, presented here in a great 3CD package! First up is Para Iluminar A Cidade – a masterpiece from the Brazilian underground of the post-Tropical
ia years – one of the first albums by Jorge Mautner, one of Brazil's most unique talents at the time! Although Jorge's main instrument is the violin, he lays low on it for much of the record – singing amidst rootsy rhythms, folkloric instrumentation, and an overall post-sixties sense of righteous empowerment. Tracks are spare and jagged, but never unpleasant – and the record has a brittle quality that makes it as striking today as it must have been back in the early 70s. Tracks include "Anjo Infernal", "Super Mulher", "Olhar Bestial", "Sapo Cururu", and "Estrela Da Noite" – plus the English language tracks "Sheridan Square" and "From Faraway", which have a feel that almost reminds us of work on Caetano Veloso's Transa album. The self-titled Jorge Mautner album features production work by Gilberto Gil, who also plays guitar on the record, and gives it a very Gil-esque early 70s feel! Joyce's husband Tutty Moreno plays drums, and the set also includes electric violin work by Mautner, which gives some tracks a nice spacey feel. The set's a cool mix of rock, funk, and jazzy production – and titles include "Pipoca A Meia Noite", "Guzzy Muzzy", "Rock Da TV", "Samba Dos Animais", "O Relogio Quebrou", and "Matematica Do Desejo". Mil E Uma Noites De Bagada has a vibe that's almost upbeat, but which also has some of the darker currents of Jorge Mautner's earlier music too – a balance that's struck well by Perinho Albuquerque, who plays guitar and directs the arrangements – often with the same flair he brought to bigger 70s projects with artists like Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque, and Maria Bethania! A few tunes show his proclivity for a groove – a gentle funkiness that makes for a nice change with Jorge's vocals – almost like the shift Caetano made on his Bicho record. Yet like that one, there's plenty of weird, offbeat moments here too – on tracks that include "Rainha Do Egiot", "Samba Jambo", "Ai Ai Ai", "Txim Plam", "Aeroplanos", and "O Som Do Meu Violino". The first album also features three bonus tracks – "Relaxa Meu Bem Relaxa", "Planeta Dos Macacos", and "Rock Da Barata (live)".