Thursday, July 24, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Airto Moreira
Song:Romance Of Death
Album:The Best Of Airto
Percussionist Airto Moreira is one of the all time jazz greats and was an important figure in the jazz fusion movement of the early 70s. This comp covers his solo recordings from the 70s. He was born Aug. 5, 1941 in Itaiopolis, Brazil and raised in Sao Paulo. He was a professional musician at age 13 and first recorded with percussionist Hermeto Pascoal in 1967. Airto married singer Flora Purim and they moved to the US. He started playing with jazz musicians in New York and was introduced to pianist Joe Zawinul by bassist Walter Booker. At the time, Miles Davis was experimenting with electronics and funk in jazz and of course Airto and Zawinul were a big part of the landmark 1969 album Bitches Brew. He stayed with Miles for two years and then formed Weather Report with Zawinul, Wayne Shorter & Miroslav Vitous. Airto left Weather Report after their 1971 debut and along with his wife Flora joined Chick Corea's fusion group Return To Forever and appeared on their first two albums. Meanwhile, Airto was busy playing percussion and drums on sessions and signed a solo recording contract with Creed Taylor's CTI Records. This 1992 Columbia/Legacy comp covers those recordings. Romance Of Death is from Airto's 1973 CTI debut Fingers with Flora on vocals, David Amaro on guitar, Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards, Jorge Fattoruso on drums and Ringo Thielmann on bass. Airto Moreira always brings a lot of energy to his music and he plays all kinds of crazy percussion instruments that you might think looks weird. But it works. At least he doesn't play a pig like his buddy Hermeto Pascoal. Airto Moreira & Flora Purim still tour and their daughter Diana Moreira sings with them too. Here's Airto Moreira & Flora Purim performing at Nelson Ledges July 30, 2007.