Best known as the leader of the well regarded Brazilian trio Azymuth, keyboardist-composer José Roberto Bertrami was also responsible for the pair of resplendent solo albums collected here. Joining sambas and bossas with extended jazz swinging, Bertrami (b. 1946) is reunited with such players as the esteemed drummer Robertinho Silva (long with the redoubtable Milton Nascimento) and expansive vocalist Flora Purim, both of whom he worked with early in their careers. There are also some outstanding solos by guitarist Hélio Delmiro (including a stunning spot on Roberto Menescal and Chico Buarque's theme from the film Bye Bye Brazil). The seven tracks that comprised the album Blue Wave suggest a particularly vivid seascape, while the material originally from Dreams Are Real takes the listener through the magical--and enchantingly musical--city of Rio de Janeiro. Together, these 15 selections form one of the strongest sets of Brazilian jazz extant.
Bye Bye Brazil, Chorodô, Partido Alto #2, Shot on Goal (Perigo de Gol), Blue Wave, Parati, Sheds and Weeds (Barracos e Arbustos), Dreams Are Real (Tempos Atrás), Sad for Both of Us (Tristeza de Nós Dois), Nova Ipanema, Saudade (Encontro com a Saudade), A Big Hug for Nelson Piquet, Someone to Light Up My Life (Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Você), Novo Leblon, E Nada Mais
with Hélio Delmiro, Claudio Bertrami, Robertinho Silva, Aleuda, José Carlos (Bigorna), José (Bicão) Alves, Paulinho Olivera, Nico Assumpção, Zizinho, Laudir de Oliveira, Maurício Einhorn, Durval Ferreira, Jota Moraes, Flora Purim, João Palma, Otávio Bonfá