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   Speed Of Light



Год издания : 1994

Компания звукозаписи : Flavour of Sound Limited

Музыкальный стиль : Fusion, Brazilian Jazz

Время звучания : 1:00:09

Код CD : TFCK-87527

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Woman Voice)      

A brilliant cross between Flora Purim's '70s work with Chick Corea & Return to Forever (some of the only fusion albums that don't sound terribly dated decades later) and mid-'90s chill-out music, 1995's Speed of Light is one of the Brazilian-born singer's finest albums. Opening with the meditative instrumental "A Secret From the Sea," Speed of Light is a seamless blend of 12 smoothly danceable tracks combining Brazilian jazz; spacious, fusion-based arrangements heavy on the percussion and synthesizers; and cool, contemporary beats and loops. The combination works effortlessly, since so much acid jazz and ambient house music already cribs from '60s bossa nova and '70s fusion. Throughout it all, Purim's still-astonishing voice remains at center stage, whether murmuring softly on the slinky "Portal da Cor" or trilling wordlessly on the hypnotic "The Goddess of Thunder." Diana Moreira (daughter of Purim and percussionist Airto Moreira, her regular producer and collaborator) takes on an expanded writing and performing role, performing and arranging the complex overdubbed backing vocals that give the largely electronic songs a more intimate, human feel. Speed of Light is essential listening for both Brazilian jazz and chill-out fans.

- Stewart Mason (All Music Guide)

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Some people can express themselves In the most beautiful way by simply speaking or by the written word. They can put across their feelings and experiences for everybody to understand immediately Unfortunately I'm not blessed with such a gift, so you'll have to make do with my attempt to convey my passions and how that led to my involvement in the 'Speed Of Light', Flora Purffh's first album in over five years.

My all encompassing hobby has long been listening to music. It takes me directly to the source of the music and to the artists themselves, but it also fuels the inspiration that enables me to carry on day to day with renewed energy. As the head of one of the leading loudspeaker manufacturers in the world, B&W, my work and my "hobby" are inseparable. Many years of involvement with performing artists have brought me closer and closer to the music and eventually I decided it was time to launch a record label. In 1992 I was given the opportunity to sign. Fourth World, a group I'd never had the chance to experience live until the actual night I met and talked to the group's co-founders, two of my long-standing heroes, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim.

Initially, I felt some trepidation about signing such idols because the label was so young and by no means had its act together. But I had loved these two musicians for so long that I wanted to do everything I could to convince them of my real intention - to make sure that they are finally given their rightful place in musical history. Freedom of expression... total freedom of expression is what Airto and Flora have always regarded as the basic ingredient for any recording and that didn't necessarily endear them to the A&R bosses of the major record companies.

The first project kicked off with a few teething problems but the difficulties that ensued only seemed to bond us together more as friends. We spent a lot of time together and somehow just couldn't see Flora as being simply part of Fourth World. She hadn't recorded a solo project for years and I seriously missed her approach to the music - an approach that was perfect for the flyers and dancers. When I asked her to do an album for B&W Music, I let her know right from the beginning, that there were no chains, and I knew that with the right ingredients she would be a very happy woman.

After a year full of ups and downs, Flora's 'Speed Of Light' album is ready, and she has that cheeky smile again. Flora laughs buoyed up on the energy that has been created making this LP and she's back like she's never been before. She helps me see again.

There was no way that I could have missed the incredible recording session at Peter Gabriel's Real World studio where the world's best drummers and percussionists gathered to pay homage to "the queen"! Bill Cobham, an old friend of the family was on the list together with Freddie Santiago. Giovanni Hidalgo had come in from Boston in the hope of meeting with his friend and master from Cuba, Changuito. Flora was helped by her husband Airto and her daughter Diana - a gifted young musician and talent to look out for.

Yuka organised the gathering in her usual efficient manner supported by Eiko and Chris Lewis (Ronnie Scott's engineer and Hi Fi buff) came to push the faders. The family was complete except for Changuito who was stranded in Berlin.

As usual Flora hadn't left much time to organize everybody's travel and immigration papers, When the time arrived for Changuito to embark, British Airways wouldn't allow him on the plane. His visa hadn't come through. Flora was shattered and the disappointment showed. Changuito was that spiritual link everybody was waiting for - the spark to ignite the fires of rhythm.

However, thanks to my local MR Wolfgang Geerken in Berlin (who had brough Changuito to Germany to teach his son), and Flora's continual moral support finally got him to the Real World Studios. Some of the music that happened upon his arrival cannot be explained in words. All I can do is invite you on a journey into the grooves of this record or in the binary codes of your CD. Listen and you'll see.

Throughout this project a lot of care has been taken to make this album a modern masterpiece and most importantly a journey through the world of esoteric HiFi. I'm lucky enough to be able to listen to music on my B&W Nautilus speakers at home and consistently checked the 'Speed Of Light' mixes, which were going backwards and forwards between the studio in Santa Barbara, California and Worthing, England.

This was my first real involvement in that creative process which elevates recorded sound to the highest possible reproduction. I can only hope that my dream of being able to make more people listen to music will come through one day - you can always watch TV later!

- Robert Trunz (B&W Music 1/3/95)


  Соисполнители :

Airto Moreira (Percussion, Drums, Vocals)
Billy Cobham (Drums)
Diana Moreira (Background Vocals)
Freddie Ravel (Keyboards)
Freddie Santiago (Percussion)
Gary Brown (Bass)
Giovanni Hidalgo (Bongos, Conga, Timbales)
Jose Neto (Guitar)
Jovino Santos Neto (Piano, Keyboards)
Ricardo Silveira (Guitar, Electric Guitar)
Walfredo Reyes (Drums)


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   1 A Secret From The Sea         0:01:02 Neto
   2 Wings         0:03:13 Asas - Neto
   3 Portal Da Cor         0:04:41 Nascimento / Silveira
   4 Rhythm Runner         0:05:42 Moreira / Neto / Purim / Santiago
   5 Light As My Flo'         0:05:42 Booker / Moriera
   6 Mojave Crossing         0:08:26 Hidalgo / Moriera
   7 O Canto Da Sereia         0:04:42 Camardella
   8 This World         0:01:59 Esse Mundo E Meu - Guerra / Moriera / Neto / Purim / Ricardo / Santiago
   9 Overture         0:03:08 Neto
   10 The Goddess Of Thunder         0:03:18 -"-
   11 What You See         0:04:47 Booker / Moriera
   12 Maiasta         0:04:53 Miraculous Bird - Parmley
   13 What You See         0:04:16 Ghost Of Flora's Dream
   14 What You See         0:04:21 Attica Blues Mix

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