Off to Brazil? It would be difficult to do better than travel via ‘Far Out Recordings’. Joe Davis’ labor of love and worldwide leader in bringing the multifarious aspects of one of the richest musical cultures beyond its boundaries, celebrates 20 years with a double-CD.
Forty-two tracks of predominantly Brazilian artists, including ever-presents Azymuth and Marcos Valle, there are also excursions into other Far Out signings like Mark Pritchard’s Broken-Beat/Nu-Jazz classic ‘Time out of Mind’.
Resting comfortably within are previously unreleased versions like The Ipanemas’ Paul White remix of ‘Seu Dario’. Joyce Moreno and Elza Soares join forces on standard Samba Da Silvia while Azymuth original Alex Malheiros gets to perform with daughter Sabrina on the undulating Bossa variation of the Mizell Brothers’ ‘Uno Esta’: Spiritual South on the remix.
The music on offer here – for little financial outlay, is either the perfect introduction to or consolidation of all you expect of such an eminent label.