AZYMUTH RETURN IN 2013 FOR A EUROPEAN TOUR PLAYING THEIR MOST FAMOUS ALBUM ‘LIGHT AS A FEATHER’ IN FULL FOR THE FIRST TIME.
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In 1979 the band’s first Milestone Records release, ‘Light As A Feather’ quickly became one of the best-selling LPs of the year. Featuring the worldwide disco/fusion hit single ‘Jazz Carnival’ and going on to sell more than half a million copies internationally, the album stayed in the UK Top 20 for eight straight weeks. The album took Azymuth to international fame with a string of hit singles taken from it including the worldwide top ten chart-buster ‘Jazz Carnival’. An incredibly well thought out album both in pace, song selection and musicality, ‘Light As A Feather’ marked a maturing of the band as they began to rightfully utilise the studio as an instrument itself, embracing numerous mixing and recording techniques not yet common for the time as well as pioneering the use of the Big Muff and Dolby System to great effect. The end result is an album that endures to this day as a samba/jazz-funk masterpiece.
José Roberto Bertrami sadly passed away 08 July 2012. It is the band’s mission to keep Jose’s work alive, through tours and further recordings later on. This will be a special tour as it will pay homage to him.
Their music has a worldwide fan base. In England, Azymuth was the first Brazilian group to feature number one in the charts and their 40-year career has produced more than 300 productions, worldwide. Playboy Jazz Festival, Berkeley, Bay Concert The Sea, Monterey, California, Washington Park, Circus Teather, Pallais London, Quartier Latin, Brazilian Fest Berlin, Athennas, Tijuana Jazz, Free Jazz Rio and S. Paulo, Brahma Extra; some of the world’s most important festivals have seen Azymuth graced their stages. Having toured the world over four decades in support of their vast catalogue the band has in recent years played spectacular shows and consistently sold-out renowned clubs & events in the UK (Ronnie Scott’s / Jazz Café / Southport Soul Weekender); Japan (Blue Note Tokyo / Cotton Club); USA (Echoplex, LA / Monterrey Festival); Europe (Montreux / North Sea Jazz Festivals).
Better than ever before, Azymuth bring their unique live show together to fully revisit their most loved album ‘Light as a Feather’. The tour will feature pianist virtuoso Fernando Moraes who was a lifetime fan and student of the legendary ‘Jose Roberto Bertrami’ and will feature a similar keyboard set up.
Loved by fans and musicians, from Madlib to Friendly Fires, they are a true Brazilian treasure playing now at the very height of their huge musical talents and performing an album that ranks among the all-time great Brazilian records.
The record has been re-issued by Far out Recordings who will be supporting the management of the tour.
‘Light as a feather’ reissue includes unreleased tracks from the sessions as well as remixes from the likes of Theo Parrish and Ashley Beedle.More...