mobile payments
top ten
brasilian LPs
brasilian CDs
jazz LPs
jazz CDs
latin LPs
latin CDs
coming soon
catalogue ::
record bag
shipping calc
contact us


whatmusic.com presents ‘Encontro’, the 1970 album from the group that became Azymuth! Already present are the groove, beat and signature keyboard sounds that brought Bertrami & Co worldwide fame!
  • First ever worldwide release!
  • Remastered from original tapes!
  • Features ‘Mustang Côr de Sangue’ & the funky ‘Arabian Nights’!
  • Exclusive new liner notes

Check the 30 second clips from the album...

The whatmusic.com interview...


There can be few instrumental groups anywhere who have lasted as long as a unit, or recorded as many albums, as the brazilian trio Azymuth. Known the world over for their late 70s cross over albums (on the US indie Milestone and which included the jazz funk smash hit ‘Jazz Carnival’), in recent years they have reached a wider and younger audience who have discovered the group either through the brazilian vinyl collector’s scene or through their new recordings.

Few people, however, are aware of just how many albums the group that came to be called Azimuth have recorded. Also known as Azymuth, (to avoid conflict with the european group on ECM) the band renamed themselves after a Marcos Valle composition on the soundtrack to ‘Veu de Noiva’ – the 1970 ‘telenovela’ on Brazil’s TV Globo. Even most collectors think that the group started life as the Apolo IV group on this soundtrack. The reality is that the group goes back much further – to the late 60s – and had a variety of names even before Apolo IV.

This album on Equipe is one of the earliest incarnations of the group and features the members who still perform as Azymuth to this day – keyboard player José Roberto Bertrami, bassist Ivan (Mamão) Conti and drummer Alex Malheiros, joined here by a guitarist, Frederico. Although the sound on this record is more ‘acoustic’ – piano and electric organ feature heavily – the music is instantly identifiable as the Azymuth sound and the tones and textures created are as complex as any of the later synth-led albums.

São Paulo-born Bertrami turned up in Rio in the late 60s with his musician brother Claudio and soon began to play with a wide variety of musicians. Ivan played alongside Edson Lobo in The Youngsters (who recorded on the soundtrack to Marcos Valle’s ‘Pigmaleão 70’) and later at the legendary nightclub Drink, whilst Alex grew up around musicians like Sergio Mendes and once had a duo with Egberto Gismonti! Bertrami and the guys acted as a kind of house band for Equipe and recorded on a number of albums with other artists such as Candeia, Paulo Moura and others. Label head Oswaldo Cadaxo gave the band studio time which allowed them to develop as a group and from this ‘woodshedding’ emerged the two Equipe albums, ‘Zé Roberto & Projecto III – Encontro’, and ‘O Trio – Projecto III’ (to be reissued on whatmusic.com in 2003). Later Bertrami and his cohorts became the house band of another independent label: CiD.

As a unit, Bertrami, Malheiros & Conti, have recorded on hundreds of projects and the group themselves have made albums under many names, mostly for the easy listening market or ‘discotheque-sound’ cash-in projects. But even these albums show off the consummate taste and subtle interplay that featured on the band’s record releases under their new name, Azymuth, and many of these LPs are now rare collector’s titles in their own right.

Translation of the original liner notes:

With this LP, Zé Roberto and his comrades put themselves at the service of brazilian popular music – definitively. And they even include a slice of Gershwin into the mix.

The desire here is to make music, and even time itself demands it. Oh, if we could only show those who waste so much time fighting over the sanctification of what is and what isn’t music! But what the hell, this is a great contribution.

The recording of this album was done in the mornings over three or four days. During those days there was no sleep and very little in the way of sustenance. With the prospect of early morning recordings in mind, but without anything being pre-arranged, the guys would turn up at my house with their instruments and plug them in, in a kind of disinterested fashion, and proceed to make their sound happen. Dawn would arrive with the echo of their sound. And morning would take us by surprise with heavy bags under our eyes and our heads boiling over full of spontaneously combusting ideas – and what ideas they were!

So, loading up the car with everything, including ourselves, in no time at all we’d arrive at the studio with a mission to complete – to transmit those ideas. From this laid-back atmosphere comes this album. Made with much camaraderie, much interplay and a whole lot of soul.

The guys:

Zé Roberto Bertrami comes from Tatuí, destiny brought him to the big city, and this happened early on. Also early on, his talents were recognised and now he’s showing off these ideas to the public. If you’re looking for organ and piano – he’s the man: Zé Roberto.

Ivan das Caricáceas (Mamão) is a huge presence in the young scene in Rio. With a smile impossible to describe, this boy thrives on the energy and life that comes from within. Stick some groove on him and everything’s solid.

Frederico M. de Oliveira (Fredera) couldn’t resist the call of music and legion are the things he’s given up (and is going to give up) in order to live for music and to serve his muse. This electric guitarist is also an acoustic guitarist, a brother of harmony and rhythm-provider to the gang.

Alexandre Malheiros (Alexa) also began hanging around with bands in Niteroí as a kid – he can’t remember when he started. He’s the most recent one to join this family. He plays a kind of bass built by his brother, and playing together, the two become one. He loves to get into the groove that Mamão lays down!

The collaborators:

Hartu: Alexa’s brother – rhythm on the pandeiro and this is his first time on a professional recording. A great friend.

Maria da Piedade ( Pia) With her saint’s name she’s the fab feminine voice who ‘appeared’ in our parish – another first-timer breaking the mould – and how!

And Zacaharias and Alberto Soluri and the gang in the studio all got into the swing, too – the ambience was a groove and the expectations high. Even Sonzinha turned up from Belo Horizonte to hang with the guys, a butterfly enchanting us all.

And long live Cadaxo who organised the whole shebang!

Technician: Alberto Soluri
Musical Direction: Maestro Zacarias
Recording Studio: Estudios Musidisc
Recording engineers: Luigi Hoffer & Walter
Master Engineer: Ary Perdigão
Cover Art: Selma
Cover Design: Joselito

Produced by Oswaldo Cadaxo for Equipe

Remastered by Luigi Hoffer at Digital Mastering Solutions Rio de Janeiro November 2002

Special thanks to Durval Ferreira, & Américo

© 2002 whatmusic.com
Subscribe to our mailing list