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|1.||"Batucada Em Marte" (6:15)|
|2.||"Papa Samba" (3:56)|
|3.||"Neptunians" (Short version) (2:50)|
|4.||"Rio Doce" (3:44)|
|2.||"Villa Mariana" (De Tarde) (6:30)|
|3.||"Orange Clouds" (7:47)|
|4.||"O Matagal" (0:34)|
Joe Davis' Far Out Recordings has always been at the top of our list. Without this fundamental imprint, we wouldn't have discovered a lot of Brazilian funk, soul and disco material from the 70s, and the likes of Gilles Peterson have much to thank Davis for. This particular release is even more special because, unlike the plethora of reissues on Far Out, it's a brand new album from the legendary Azymuth group, leaders in jazz-fusion and disco since their first album back in '73! Sadly, the original keyboardist, Jose Roberto Bertrami, passed away in 2012 but the younger Kiko Continentino has done a fantastic job at accompanying Ivan Conti and Alex Malheiros on this new LP. Fenix is an album of energy and magnetism, leading with the jazzy, wonked-out disco of Batucada Em Marte", and continuing into the myriad of tropical flavours that span the entirety of this excellent LP. It's disco for those that don't like to dance, or jazz for those that do - warmly recommended, of course.
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