A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing approach to fusion that rivals the best fusion combos of both the California and Brazilian scenes at the time. There's a few nice moments that really belie their more southern roots – and recall the choppy fusion of Airto, or the vocal scatting of Flora – but the set's also got a sunny west coast finish, thanks to some wonderful production from Wayne Henderson – who kicks things up in a way that the group hardly matched on later albums! Guest stars include Raul De Souza and Roberto Da Silva – and titles include the funk classic "Coastin", plus "Guanacaste", "Out Of The Blue", "El Juguete", and "Synesthesia". Nest is Sky Islands – a set that's recorded with a smooth soulful style that's right up there with the best of the Capitol Rare generation! Caldera mixes together nice jazzy saxes with guitars, percussion, and some great keyboard work by Eduardo Del Barrio – all produced by the group with a sweet arching style that's very much in the Brazilian fusion style of the time – a wonderful blend that also gets a dose of California warmth, which is just the right element to send the whole thing home nicely! Tracks include the classic "Sky Islands", plus "Pegasus", "Carnavalito", "Triste", and "Ancient Source". CD
Sublime sounds from cellist Ernest Reijseger – an artist who we mostly know for his work in the field of improvised music, but who's also become one of the key soundtrack composers to work with director Werner Herzog over the past 20 years! In fact, it might well be said that Ernest is Werner's muse – as the pair work together so beautifully, in ways that provide musical illumination that's very different than in earlier Herzog films – as you'll hear over the course of this set of selections from films the pair have worked on together! All tracks feature some cello from Reijseger, sometimes with just a single second instrument – such as organ or piano – sometimes with additional instrumentation, and occasionally a bit of voice – and although the music here is pulled from a number of different films, the tracks have a very unified feel together. Includes work from the movies Rescue Dawn, Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin, The White Diamond, My Son My Son, Salt & Fire, Fireball, and Family Romance LLC. CD
An overlooked score from the great Roy Budd – one that we're not sure ever made it to vinyl back in the day – and which is presented here in a nicely expanded version! The music has that tense quality that made the non-groovy cuts from Budd's Get Carter score so great – and which was followed in some of his other early 70s soundtracks – which, like the music here, really shows a maturation away from the straighter jazz of Roy's roots – but still features the occasional piano solo (including electric) to remind us that he's a performer as much as a composer. There's a darkly moody vibe to many numbers – this current of sadness that's really beautiful, and which flowers often in a subtle way – on titles that include "Change Of Plan", "The Journey Continues", "Opening", "In The Woods", "Peeping Robin", "Mingle With Me", "Swept Up In Memories", "In The Office", and "Bossa Nova". CD features the bonus tracks "Pipe Tobacco", "You Can Never Trust A Friend", and "Demo Jingle". CD
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Milton Nascimento —
Geraes ... CD Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Beautiful stuff – and one of Milton Nascimento's greatest albums of the 70s! The style here is a bit more subdued than on some of his later work – but in a way that's really majestic and soulful, showing the further development of Milton's unique idiom as he becomes one of the cornerstones of 70s MPB. There's a sense of power here that's very subtle, but which is pure Nascimento all the way – a maturing approach to both songwriting and singing that are light years from the music of Brazil a decade before. Filled with great material – and includes the tracks "Caldera" and "Circo Marimbondo", both of which have a nice swinging groove, plus "Viver De Amor", "Carro De Boi", "Fazenda", "Volver A Los 17", and "Minas Geraes". CD
The set definitely lives up to the name here – as the album bristles with plenty of energy, and goes way beyond the singular star power of its leader! Instead, the quartet action is very equally weighted – rhythms as angular as the reeds from Branford – and piano from Joey Calderazzo that really pushes and propels the tunes along with a great sort of energy! Drums are by Justin Faulkner and bass by Eric Revis – two great players who really leap along strongly throughout – using these blocky modes that really make for a refreshing change – and titles include "The Mighty Sword", "Maestra", "Teo", "As Summer Into Autumn Slips", "My Ideal", and "Endymion". Also includes the bonus track "Treat It Gentle". CD