Saturday, February 23, 2008

New projects by Azymuthians

Two founding members of the Azymuth group are preparing new solo projects.
Keyboard wiz José Roberto Bertrami has just finished his second album as a leader for Joe Davis' London-based label Far Out. The follow-up to "Things Are Different" (2001) includes such guests as bassist Alex Rocha, drummer Victor Bertrami, percussion monster Sidinho Moreira, multiple reedman José Carlos "Bigorna" Ramos, trombonist Marlon, plus strings arrangements (on two tracks) by Leandro Braga.
Electric bass master Alex Malheiros is putting the final touches on his long-awaited follow-up to the EP "The Wave" (released in 2007, in Europe). This will be his debut solo album on Far Out, after an excellent session for Milestone in 1985 titled "Atlantic Forest" and some independent albums in the 90s that never received widespread distribution. The new CD features his daughter Sabrina Malheiros, whose second effort for Far Out will be coming out this Spring, featuring Bertrami on keyboards and guitarist Arthur Verocai's arrangements.
A new Azymuth album (recorded in 2006) will finally see the light of the day this coming Summer, when the group will be touring Japan together with Marcos Valle and Quarteto Em Cy.

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