Cutting Edge Brazilian Jazz From Hermeto Pascoal

by chipboaz on November 29, 2016

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As a jazz community, we often value innovation and unique approaches to music, applauding bold displays of personality. At the same time, we’re often critical of musicians that blatantly disregard the traditions which form the foundations of the music. Our judgements walk a fine line of qualifications that are sometimes just a little blurry. Trained ears catch the distinction within seconds though – it’s always very apparent when someone values the music’s history with every step forward. Their musical choices always reflect a strong training and connection to their musical roots while maintaining their unique sense of identity.

Hermeto Pascoal has always been a musician that has never strayed from the fine line between innovation and tradition. His music is deeply rooted in Brazilian culture and tradition, drawing strongly upon the musical traditions of his native Brazilian North East. Yet, Pascoal has never been beholden to tradition, always bravely exploring new musical territories. From his work with Miles Davis to his own vast collection of compositions, music emanates out of Pascoal with a distinct character. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, prolific composer, and highly influential bandleader – often called o Bruxo (the Sorcerer), Pascoal is an important part of Brazilian Jazz.

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