Thursday, December 3, 2009
Airto - Fingers 1973
One of Airto's greatest records ever a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of California soul! Flora Purim joins in here on both vocals and percussion and the rest of the group features Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorgte Fattoruso on drums, and David Amaro on both electric and acoustic guitars shifting nicely between both instruments in a way that further underscores the blended vibe of the record! Most of these tracks are Airto classics like "Tombo in 7/4", "San Francisco River", "Romance Of Death", "Ringers", and "Wind Chant" and the record has a very sweet CTI production style, but is still rough enough around the edges to keep things nice and real!
From Dusty Groove.
The 1970s were banner years for Airto Moreira not only because of his association with Chick Corea's Return to Forever and his work on wife Flora Purim's Milestone dates, but also, because of the generally superb work he did under Creed Taylor's supervision at CTI from 1972-74. One of the five-star gems that the Brazilian percussionist recorded for CTI was Fingers, which employs Purim on percussion and vocals, David Amaro on guitar, Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorge Fattoruso on drums and Ringo Thielmann on electric bass. Produced by Taylor and recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's famous New Jersey studio, this LP demonstrates just how exciting and creative 1970s fusion could be. When Moreira and his colleagues blend jazz with Brazilian music, rock and funk on such cuts as "Wind Chant," "Tombo in 7/4" and "Romance of Death," the results are consistently enriching. Fingers is an album to savor.
By Alex Henderson, All Music Guide.
David Amaro- Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12 String Guitar
Ringo Thielmann- Bass, Vocals
Jorge Fattoruso- Drums, Vocals
Hugo Fattoruso- Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocals
Airto- Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Flora Purim- Percussion, Vocals
A1. Fingers (El Rada) 4:30
A2. Romanca Of Death 5:35
A3. Merry-Go-Round 2:40
A4. Wind Chant 5:45
B1. Parana 6:00
B2. San Fransisco River 4:05
B3. Tombo In 7/4 6:20