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Azymuth’s Classic Fusion Album Released on Vinyl

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Los Angeles, CA (June 15, 2022) – Craft Recordings and Jazz Dispensary proudly announce a 40th anniversary pressing of Azymuth’s Telecommunication. Being released on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1982, this funky, samba-instilled fusion record from the influential Brazilian trio was handpicked by the Jazz Dispensary sound sommeliers, who unearth deep catalog gems that inspire elevated conversation. Set for release on July 15th as part of Jazz Dispensary’s Top Shelf series and available for pre-order today, Telecommunication can be found exclusively on Jazz Dispensary’s webstore. The album has been remastered from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on 180-gram black vinyl at RTI.

Azymuth was formed in Rio De Janeiro by three veteran musicians from the local scene: keyboardist José Roberto Bertrami, guitarist and bassist Alex Malheiros, and drummer Ivan Conti. The three artists first began working together in the late ’60s, recording and performing under several names, including Group Projeto 3 and later, Grupo Seleção. In 1973, the band gelled as Azymuth, borrowing the name from a song by their friend and collaborator, legendary singer, songwriter, and producer Marcos Valle. The trio released their self-titled debut in 1975 and soon gained traction for their enticing blend of jazz, electronic, disco, and funk, with modern and traditional Brazilian music, including samba and MPB (Música popular brasileira).

In 1979, the band signed to the celebrated jazz imprint, Milestone Records (home to recordings by Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, and McCoy Tyner), under which they would release a prolific string of titles, beginning with Light as a Feather. The album featured their breakthrough hit, “Jazz Carnival”—a high-energy track that landed in the UK Top 20, and played on dancefloors across the globe. By 1982, when they released Telecommunication, Azymuth had gained a strong international following—appealing to both jazz fans and club DJs alike.

Azymuth - Telecommunication - Front and Back Covers
Azymuth – Telecommunication – Front and Back Covers

Their eighth studio album offers something for audiences on both sides of the spectrum, with a variety of laid-back, funk-filled, grooves. Telecommunication also includes a guest appearance by the acclaimed Brazilian guitarist Hélio Delmiro, who lends his talents to several tracks on the record. Among the highlights are the dreamy, Bossa Nova-influenced “Country Road (Chao De Terra), the synth-driven “May I Have This Dance? (Concede-Me Esta Danca?)” and the dynamic “Nothing Will Be As It Was (Nada Sera Como Antes). The group also performs an epic jam with “Last Summer in Rio,” which clocks in at nearly 11 minutes long, while “What Price Samba (Quanto Vale Um Samba)” and “The House I Lived In (A Casa Em Que Vivi)” both deliver plenty of chilled-out vibes.

Considered to be one of many high points in Azymuth’s impressive catalog, Telecommunication landed on both the UK and US album charts upon its release and has long been a favorite of fans and journalists alike. Jazz Music Archives praises, “there is a thoughtfulness and integrity to this music…. Rhythmic sophistication is the hallmark of this band, the samba, funk, and contemporary jazz influences mix seamlessly giving [Azymuth] a sound that is all their own.” AllMusic, meanwhile, declares that the album “illustrates how rewarding the Brazilian trio can be.

In the years following Telecommunication’s release, Azymuth maintained a prolific schedule of work, releasing nearly an album a year. Simultaneously, Conti, Malheiros, and Bertrami all enjoyed flourishing solo careers during their downtime from the band. While Bertrami sadly passed away in 2012, Azymuth continues to actively tour and record, with the addition of keyboardist Kiko Continentino. To date, their catalog includes more than two dozen albums, including 2020’s Azymuth JID004 with Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Their music has also been rediscovered and sampled by countless artists, including Flying Lotus, will.i.am, and Daedelus. The band will be playing four sold out shows in Los Angeles this weekend alongside fellow Brazilian legends Marcos Valle and Hyldon, and then hit the road for a European tour in August.

Click here to pre-order Telecommunication on vinyl, as well as exclusive merch bundles.

Tracklist

Side A

  • 1. Estreito De Taruma
  • 2. What Price Samba (Quanto Vale Um Samba)
  • 3. Country Road (Chao De Terra)
  • 4. May I Have This Dance? (Concede-Me Esta Danca?)

Side B

  • 1. Nothing Will Be As It Was (Nada Sera Como Antes)
  • 2. Last Summer In Rio
  • 3. The House I Lived In (A Casa Em Que Vivi)
  • 4. Prelude

About Jazz Dispensary

Jazz Dispensary is a homegrown label celebrating mind-expanding, high-grade selections drawn from the finest original sources of funk, jazz, and all the areas they intersect. With knowledgeable sound sommeliers as guides, Jazz Dispensary brings deep catalog gems to the table, offering bespoke selections to match every mood and inspire an elevated conversation. A funky good time, a mystic journey, a powerful inspiration, Jazz Dispensary has the medicine that will spark things off. One hit and you’re hooked!

About Craft Recordings

Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most essential collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its storied repertoire includes landmark releases from icons such as Joan Baez, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Celia Cruz, Miles Davis, Isaac Hayes, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, R.E.M., Joan Sebastian, and Traveling Wilburys. Plus, the catalog recordings of celebrated contemporary acts including A Day to Remember, Evanescence, Alison Krauss, Nine Inch Nails, Taking Back Sunday and Violent Femmes, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Fania, Fantasy, Fearless, Musart, Nitro, Panart, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Vanguard, Varèse Sarabande, Vee-Jay and Victory, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft is also home to the Billie Holiday and Tammy Wynette estates which preserve and protect their respective names, likeness and music through day-to-day legacy management of these cultural trailblazers. Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Recorded Music.

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Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”

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Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria

Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.

Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads

New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.

Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.

The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement. 

Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: "Vox Humana"
Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: “Vox Humana”

That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”

The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded. 

Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”

The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.

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