Airto Moreira & Flora Purim - Live At Jazzfest Bremen 1988
Cat. no: M13142
Release Date: 23rd April 2021
Brazilian Latin jazz stars Airto Moreira and his wife, singer Flora Purim, pride themselves with a live album from 1988 and take listeners into their imaginative world of Brazilian/Latin jazz.
Moreira and Purim were both members of the Quartetto Novo in the 1960s, alongside Brazilian jazz legend Hermeto Pascoal; Flora Purim even had her own TV programme in Brazil. In 1967, the Moreira/Purim couple moved from Rio to New York. In the USA she played with Stan Getz and Gil Evans, he took part in some sessions for Miles Davis’ album “Bitches Brew” and also played live in the Davis band in 1970 and early 1971, to be heard on the album “Black Beauty: Miles Davis at Fillmore West”, among others.
Afterwards, Airto Moreira belonged to Weather Report and Chick Corea’s Return To Forever. In addition to collaborations with Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana, among others, Airto Moreira launched a breathtaking solo career from 1970 onwards, with his wife almost always at his side. She also successfully released solo albums, often accompanied by greats such as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter or McCoy Tyner, and, like her husband, provided the Latin jazz elements on Return To Forever.
From 1983 onwards, the Moreira/Purim couple released records together, and both also worked with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. On 26th October 1988, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira performed with their own ensemble at the Jazzfest in Bremen, Germany. Long-term companions such as bassist Bob Harrison, saxophonist and keyboardist Gary Meek and Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Marcos Silva shared the stage with the couple. A truly great “accompanying crew”.
Flora Purim: “The Bremen Jazz Festival was among the top ten best festivals in Europe and Airto and I were proud to be invited to be part of it,”.
Conclusion: An intoxicating mixture of Latin, jazz, funk and fusion. Airto Moreira and Flora Purim let the American and the Brazilian flow into each other in a flowing and liberated way.
Tracks: Struck By Lightning / White And Black / Dona Olimpia / Colo De Rio / Improvisation No. 1 & No. 2 / I’ll Be Here / Garimpo / Las Olas / Fancy Talk / Brazilian People