19 August 2006
Great bit of latin fusion from Japan put together and generally masterminded by the keyboard player Naoya Matsuoka.This came out in the early 80s when the japanese jazz funk thing was massive in the UK and was one of the better examples of the genre.Matsuoka is/was a prolific artist knocking out album after album of latin influenced fusion usually with aid of Wesing -this one goes a cut above the rest by the masterful addition of top crack u.s. players in the shape of Ndugu on drums,Byron Miller on Bass,Paulinho Da Costa on Percussion and the ace in the hole....Airto and Flora Purim!
It kicks of with the thumping "Antes De Mais Nada" which was the big spin back in the day .This is followed by a few breezy latin fusion cuts and then into "Night Trip" a great vehicle for Flora Purim's vocals.
"Pao De Acucar" is the biggie for me-a full on 100 mph batucada onslaught which spins off into a series of solos-a real mover!
Never re-issued - ripped from the original jap vinyl.