SummaryThe Brazilophile is back! Italian jazz don, Nicola Conte (Blue Note, Universal, Schema) returns from another voyage in time with Viagem 5, a collection of 17 sizzling tracks recorded during Brazil's troublesome yet prolific decade of 1960s and beyond. As always, Nicola rediscovers rare jazz samba, bossa and swinging mpb recordings of stunning beauty and intoxicating swing, making Viagem 5 a possible contender for best volume yet of this connoisseur series.
This state of the art collection from Far Out Recordings includes a striking version of Tom Jobim's classic Vou de Contar, interpreted here by Quarteto 004, the contagious groove of Se Você Quiser Mas Sem Bronquear in the beautiful voice of Elizabeth Viana, and the irresistible samba funk of Take it Easy My Brother Charlie recorded by Breno Sauer and his quartet.
These bossa nova and samba jazz hybrids combine the passion and depth of Afro-Brazilian music with the sophisticated styles of Europe and North America and were often written to take bossa back to the Brazilian people, in protest against the dictatorship that held sway in 1964. Thanks to Far Out Recordings and the passion and dedication of Schema artist Nicola Conte, these longneglected classics will finally be rediscovered and given the attention they deserve.
"As 'happiness is like a leaf carried by the wind through the air', the music of the Viagem series portrays the Brazilian moods of mid 60's, a vibe that swings gently from bossa nova tunes to the more had edged jazz samba works. A hybrid which blends music of south and north America, Africa and Europe in a poetic, intellectual, most unique way. This collection is a declaration of love for the great musicians, composers and singers who created it, a sublime sound which travelled like a soft breeze through the time and years..." - Nicola Conte