Hermeto Pascoal Slaves Mass

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  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Collectables Records
  • Original Album: Warner Bros. 2980 (1977)

Description by OLDIES.com:

Hermeto Pascoal's unusual approach to music earned him the respect of fellow jazz musicians -- he has served as the sideman on seventy-nine albums and has had his compositions recorded by the likes of Miles Davis. This original 1977 album features Pascoal on keyboards, Ron Carter, Alphonso Johnson and others. Fusion piece "Mixing Pot," the ambient sounds of "Cannon" and the samba "Aquela Valsa" are all included on this eclectic album.


  • 1.Mixing Pot (Tacho)
  • 2.Slaves Mass (Missa Dos Escravos)
  • 3.Little Cry For Him (Chorinho Pra Ele)
  • 4.Cannon (Dedicated To Cannonball Adderley)
  • 5.Just Listen (Escuta Meu Piano)
  • 6.That Waltz (Aquela Valsa)
  • 7.Cherry Jam (Geleia De Cereja)

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Personnel: Hermeto Pascoal (vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, recorder, soprano saxophone, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet); Flora Purim (vocals); David Maro (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar); Raul de Souza (trombone); Ron Carter (double bass); Alphonso Johnson (bass guitar); Airto Moreira (drums, percussion); Chester Thompson (drums).
Not strictly a jazz album in the strict sense (it was originally issued as part of the Masters of MPB on LP in 1977), Slaves Mass has strong compositional themes among its seven tracks. The maestro Hermeto Pascoal plays everything from flutes, soprano saxophone, guitar, Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano and clavinet on this set, and enlists help from Ron Carter, Airto, Flora Purim, Raul DeSouza, David Maro and others. "Mixing Pot," is the opener and an anomaly in that it is a vanguard fusion tune where Pascoal really digs in and improvises. It also features the only appearance on this set of Alphonso Johnson on electric bass. In "Missa Dos Escravos," the title track, Pascoal's emblematic pig gives his first growls in a song dominated by Brazilian Indian references. Wonderfully and intricately composed, it centers around folk tropes. "Chorinho Para Ele" is a beautiful and modern choro with a somewhat challenging glissando bridge that really proposed new directions for the traditional genre. "Aquela Valsa" is a beautiful six/eight theme that turns into a samba with a beautiful trombone solo by DeSouza. "Cannon" is an utterly improvisational piece that meanders and winds around Pascoal's flute solo. Atonalism dominates the piano solo in "Escuta Meu Piano," which also presents bits and pieces of different styles (like baiao) and folk songs. Hot samba improvisation is found in "Gel‚ia de Cereja," that slips and slides through a variety of schema and dynamic changes without much internal focus, but it is a compelling bit of creative anarchy nonetheless in that it displays Pascoal's full range of restless musical and textural impulses -- as well as a beautiful soprano solo. Slaves Mass was finally issued on CD by Collectables in the United States in 2005. ~ Alvaro Neder & Thom Jurek

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Slaves Mass, Hermeto Pascoal Music Lover: from America -- February, 10, 2005

Buy it! Best price I have seen....
This is the album that got Hermeto's name out there to a larger audience.
If you like Brazilian music with a twist then get this.
Hopefully oldies.com will have more Hermeto available in the future.

Collectables Records

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  • Sales Rank: 4,595
  • UPC: 090431654224
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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