Brazilian jazz at its most exhilarating: Sabrina Malheiros has come up with a shimmering cluster of Nu Bossa pearls - each original composition providing a perfect vehicle for the funky Rio jazz-samba that pervades the album. The production is flawless and generous - an expertly-crafted capoeira of guitars, horns, flutes, Alex Malheiros bass and multi-instrumental percussion. Yes, the pulsating grooves are infectious - but the knockout blow comes with Sabrina's blissful melodies, effortlessly sung with a blend of Brazilian insouciance, energy and feeling.
In 1969, Bergman made a surprisingly direct and political document about Fårö's importance. Ten years later, he decided to take a second look at situation. The update is surprisingly optimistic, with several remarkable "then and now" juxtapositions. The unhappy teenagers about to decamp for Stockholm in the first film turn out to have settled into the quiet, isolated Fårö life. Interweaving scenes of extraordinary beauty with interviews and rigorous sequences depicting everyday chores, customs and rituals on Fårö, Bergman develops a complex, understated and loving portrait of his tiny island.
'Brazilian Soul' is an affirmation of why Azymuth are still among the hottest and hippest cats on the Rio scene, even three decades after they made their first tentative steps into bossa nova. 'Brazilian Soul' is a return to their blistering form of the early Eighties, when their releases would regularly trouble the Top 20s of the US and UK charts…this is a real masterpiece from the original masters!