Airto Moreira Fingers (40th Anniversary Edition)
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- Released: August 9, 2011
- Originally Released: 1973
- Label: Masterworks
- 1.Fingers (El Rada)
- 2.Romance of Death
- 4.Wind Chant
- 6.San Francisco River
- 7.Tombo In 7/4
Personnel: Airto (vocals, drums, percussion); Hugo Fattoruso (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); Jorge Fattoruso (vocals, drums); Flora Purim (vocals, percussion); Ringo Thielmann (vocals); David Amaro (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar).
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (04/09/1973-04/18/1973).
Photographers: Alen MacWeeney; Pete Turner .
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. ~ Alex Henderson
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