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This thread will be dedicated to that whom I consider to be the greatest musician alive on earth today, Hermeto Pascoal. A singular musical genious who should be checked by every true Zappa fan. If you have a musical void in your heart because of Zappa's departure, here is some challenging, creative and unbound music for your ears and your soul.

Here I will post (and of course everyone else is welcome to post too) pictures, videos, news/information, and most important, music to go, so you can download and see (hear) for yourself what I am talking about.

He is a self taught musician/multi-instrumentalist/composer from the poor Brazilian northeast arid region. When very young, because of being an albino, he couldn't go to work on the fileds with the family so he used to take refugee in the woods, where he would learn to make small wood and bamboo flutes and "talk" to the birds. Then, at his grandfather's blacksmith workshop, he would hit small steel bars, creating some sort of tuned percussion.

At an early age he started to play his father's accordeon and soon he and his brother went to a major northeast urban capital, where he begun to play in dance balls and later on the local radio.

But his musical debut really came when he went to Rio de Janeiro, and then in São Paulo, where he begun playing as club musician and studio musician. By then he was also playing flute and learned the piano. In 1964, with the great Popular Brazilian Music festivals he and his group that were working as backing musicians for other acts, founded the Quarteto Novo, a very ephemeral but influential experimental proto-fusion ensemble. This was the blueprint to a carreer of success and achievments, but above all, of divine and breaking ground music. Today he has more than 2000 compositions (and counting), he can play every imaginable (and unimaginable) musical instrument. He can play every thing or object musically and his compositions were recorded by the likes of Miles Davis and other giants...

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His full bio from yahoo:

A self-taught musician, Hermeto Pascoal ascended from his humble upcountry origins to an international acknowledgment still unfair to his musical stature. Developing his ears from an early age at his grandfather's blacksmith shop, Pascoal used to pick up pieces of iron and hit them, trying to create music (not to emulate the harmonics of his father's eight-bass button accordion, as has been spread). This led to an unusual approach to music, where the tones themselves give a stronger conducting motif than chord connection, scales, or modes. His understanding of music as a vital force, emanating organically from everything in Earth, is reminiscent of Kepler's music of the spheres and conducted to eccentric performances and recordings with pigs, kettles, and anything at hand. He has also developed the Sound of the Aura concept, in which music is developed out of people's speech, traffic noise, and out of every possible source of sound. That didn't impede him from conquering the admiration of world-class musicians such as Miles Davis, for whom he recorded as instrumentalist and composer. John McLaughlin, Duke Pearson, Gil Evans, Berlin Symphony, Copenhagen Symphony, and many others played and recorded his compositions. He also recorded with Ron Carter, Alphonso Johnson, Tom Jobim, Cal Tjader, and several others. As a sideman, he recorded with Brazilians Aquilo del Nisso, Luiz Avellar, Maria Bethânia, Fagner, Galo Preto, Eduardo Gudin, Joyce, Edu Lobo, Elis Regina (including a live concert recorded at the Montreux Jazz Fest), Walter Santos, Mauro Senise, Robertinho Silva, Sivuca, Marcio Montarroyos, Taiguara, Sebastião Tapajós, and Geraldo Vandré, to name a few. Down Beat's Howard Mandel, wrote about him "as pan-global a leader as Sun Ra and as surefooted an individualist as Rahsaan Roland Kirk."

His father used to animate parties with an eight-bass button accordion. Beginning to play at local parties at 11, in three months' time, Pascoal advanced so much that he took his father's place because he became ashamed to play together with him. In 1950, his family moved to the capital Recife PE, and he debuted at radio stations in that city and around. In 1958, he moved to Rio, working with the Regional de Pernambuco do Pandeiro, Fafá Lemos Group, and Orquestra do Copinha. In 1961, he moved to São Paulo, playing in several nightclubs there. Already playing brass and wood instruments, he formed the group Som Quatro with Papudinho (trumpet), Dilsom (drums), and Azeitona (contrabaixo). With Sivuca, he had an accordion trio called O Mundo em Chamas. In 1964, he began a fertile association with Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira, joining his Sambrasa Trio (which also had Humberto Clayber on the double bass). His first recording was accompanying singer Walter Santos' LP Caminho in 1965, soon following the historical album No Fino da Bossa, Vol. 3, on which he backed Elis Regina on one track. The album was recorded in 1966 but was issued in 1994. Moreira was then in a band called Trio Novo which had guitarist Heraldo do Monte and bassist Teo de Barros; Pascoal joined them the next year and the group changed its name to Quarteto Novo. The first proponents of a Northeastern sound based on baião mixed with jazz improvisations, the group would be highly influential despite having recorded just one album, Quarteto Novo (Odeon, 1967). The album had Pascoal's first recorded composition, "O Ovo." In October of that year, the group accompanied Edu Lobo on "Ponteio" (Lobo/Capinam), the winning composition at TV Record's III FMPB (III Brazilian Popular Music Festival). In 1968, Pascoal toured France. In 1970, he was invited by Miles Davis to record with him on the live album Live Evil. Davis also selected two of Pascoal's compositions for that album: "A Igrejinha" and "Nenhum Talvez." In fact, he selected 11 songs of Pascoal's material, but Pascoal wanted to release his solo album and let go only those two. As Miles had a habit of taking credit for tunes written by his groups' members, both were erroneously published under his name. Pascoal credits that to producer's tactics, not to Miles'. Pascoal's first solo LP, Hermeto (Cobblestone), was recorded in 1971 in New York and was produced by Ron Carter and Flora Purim. In that same year he, and Carter recorded another LP, with Pascoal's "O Gaio da Roseira," awarded as one of the best of the year by English critics.

In 1973, he toured through the U.S. and Mexico, recording in Brazil A Música Livre de Hermeto. By the Association of Critics of São Paulo (APCA), he was awarded as Best Soloist and, in the next year, Best Arranger. He toured the U.S. again in 1974 and had his song "Porco na Festa" awarded as Best Arrangement at the Globo Network's Festival Abertura. Recorded in 1976 with Sérgio Mendes and Brazil '77, he recording two more albums for Mendes in that period. His LP, Slaves Mass, released in 1977, also had Carter. In 1978, he recorded Zabumbê-Bum-Ã￾. Since then, he has recorded 12 solo albums. His live performance at the 1979 Montreux Jazz Festival was recorded on a double LP and released through Warner: Hermeto Pascoal ao Vivo. In 1996, he was awarded with the Prêmio Sharp as Best Arranger for the Duo Fel CD Kids of Brazil. In the same year, he received the Prêmio Ary Barroso. His recordings as a sideman add to over 79 albums. In April 2000, Pascoal toured again through the U.S. and the Boston Globe, in a recent review of one of his American performances, commented: "With equal parts virtuosity and eccentricity, Pascoal's sextet gave the rare example of a band that actually earned its standing ovation." ~ Alvaro Neder, All Music Guide
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http://launch.yahoo.com/ar-260249-bio--Hermeto-Pascoal

My Note: In 2003, Hermeto published a book called the Sound Callendar, (O calendário do som) where he composed 366 songs, one for each day of the year, during one year, so he could dedicate it to everyone in the world... He declined an offer from the Blue Note lable to record a 10 cd boxset with this material, he said he is fed up with record companies...

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The YouTube Thread videos:

Amazing musicianship and group dynamics (1984):
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=572382254994423790&q=hermeto

Montreux 1979:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wdMpIcLSMY&search=hermeto


A bit of audience participation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnZ1l_TNfTU


Tokyo 2004, accordeon and vocal duo, then piano and audience duo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhHU9a8Z-l0


Amazing footage of him and his group in a lake playig flutes and bottles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06Qm-Z5OsHw

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I agree with Mr. Green Genes about Hermeto.
He is really a great, highly greative, musician.
I would not say that he is currently the greatest musician on Earth (I do not know who could be the greatest) but certainly he is unique.
Unfortunately I only assisted to a single concert of Hermeto. It was in Rome 13 years ago and it was a bad concert because the atmosphere was cold and the venue not suitable for Hermeto's passion.
But most of his records are great.
I hope to see him next time in Rio.

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I saw him in concert once, two years ago. That concert really was great, very complicated polyrhythmic stuff (actually reminded me of FZ sometimes, but with more of a 'world music' twist), stellar musicians and lots of humor in the music and performance too. I'd definitely check him out again if he plays the Netherlands again. His records are very hard to find here, though.

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Slaves Mass

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1
Tacho (Mixing pot) (w/ Chester Tompson)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

2
Missa dos escravos (Slaves mass)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

3
Aquela valsa (That waltz)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

4
Cannon (Dedicated to Cannonball Adderley)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

5
Chorinho pra ele (Little cry for him)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

6
Escuta meu piano (Just listen)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

7
Geleia de cereja (Cherry jam)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

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Open filed

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Woody Pecker (w/ Chester Tompson)

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Star Trap Pt. 2 (w/ Chester Tompson)
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Hermeto Pascoal
Slave's Mass

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Hermeto Pascoal, the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist whose contribution to jazz is beyond measure ever since the short-lived Quarteto Novo and his collaboration with Miles Davis on Live Evil, surrounds himself with a stellar line-up on this long awaited reissue. With an impressive ensemble including Weather Report's Chester Thompson and Alphonso Johnson, and with long-time friends Airto Moreira and Flora Purim as producers, Hermeto opts for a collective approach.

Pascoal's flamboyance is clearly recognisable on Slaves Mass, even if in embryonic form, along with his passion for turning everyday objects into musical instruments (amazingly Moreira is credited with 'Special Effects with Live Pigs' on the title-track). His improvisational phrasing draws on the rhythmic patterns of the spoken word and sounds of nature.

One can spot many an influence. Hermeto's soprano playing recalls Wayne Shorter's (with a flair for the experimental as in Weather Report's I Sing The Body Electric). On "Cannon", (dedicated to alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley), Hermeto's speech-like flute is the principal voice. Flora Purim enriches the already eclectic vocal brew with her plastic, magnificent voice. Airto, on the other hand is ever-present both on vocal and percussion, enhancing the multilayered rhythmic complexity of the writing.

There are many delights here; the baroque bossa of "Little Cry For Him" offers a big grin of carnival happiness, with speedy, high-pitched keyboards and flute engaging in mad child-like runs. Pascoal's piano on "Just Listen" is a gurgling, improvisational bonanza.

And don't miss the blissful joy of the bonus track "Open Field"...

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Whoah, thanks Mr Green, I've been wanting to hear that one for a long time, hadn't had much luck so far.

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Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
Tokyo 2004, accordeon and vocal duo, then piano and audience duo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhHU9a8Z-l0


Am i nuts or is the melody accordion and vocal duo at the start play oddly reminiscent of "Inca Roads"?


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Thanks Mr Green, I enjoyed that Slaves Mass album too.


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Aybe Sea wrote:
Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
Tokyo 2004, accordeon and vocal duo, then piano and audience duo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhHU9a8Z-l0


Am i nuts or is the melody accordion and vocal duo at the start play oddly reminiscent of "Inca Roads"?


You are very welcome both of you Stu and ABC. And both of you are right, there are plenty of paralelism (composition wise, rythmically and melody) between Frank's and Hermeto's music. I will post more music to show that in the furture...

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Some More Videos

Hermeto e o Grupo - Brasil com Z (circa 2003) (amazing minimalist theme on 4/4):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afLF6ev79zE

Hermeto e Grupo - De Bandeija e Tudo (1985):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_kwa-4tAho

Hermeto with Heraldo do Monte playing guitar, Manhã, (circa 1980):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HzSOzWUwMI

Hermeto playing beard solo, body sounds, water and kettle solo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGaaxlvP-BA&mode=related&search=

Hermto e o Grupo, Viagem (1984):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrFFEpick3A

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Yet more Hermeto videos:

Hermeto playing flute duet with a frog:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhdQiZflpxY

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I saw this post somewhere else and I thought that if some of you are curious about his music, here is a great opportunity to finnish it...

NOTE: Hermeto has clearly stated, more than once, that he wants his music to be heard and that everyone should bootleg him :mrgreen: That is an artist worried with arts, rather than money...

If someone wants to hear crazy time signatures I suggest the two more recent albums... Hermeto from 1970 is with a big band (gil evans personel)...

1964 - Quarteto Novo (with Airto)
http://rapidshare.de/files/25060154/Novo_a__Pasta_compactada__zipada_.zip.html

1970 - Hermeto
http://rapidshare.de/files/16125202/1970_-_Hermeto_-_part_1.rar.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/16126470/1970_-_Hermeto_-_part_2.rar.html

1973 - A Musica Livre de Hermeto Pascoal
http://rapidshare.de/files/16170415/1973_-_A_M_sica_Livre_de_Hermeto_Pascoal.rar

1976- Slaves Mass
http://rapidshare.de/files/16107358/_1976__Slaves_Mass.rar.html

1979- Zabumbê-Bum-Ã￾
http://rapidshare.de/files/16122400/_1979__Zabumb_-Bum-_.rar.html

1979- Ao Vivo Montreux Jazz Festival
http://rapidshare.de/files/16111935/_1979__Ao_Vivo_Montreux_Jazz_Festival_-_pt_1.rar.html
http://rapidshare.de/files/16113930/_1979__Ao_Vivo_Montreux_Jazz_Festival_-_pt_2.rar.html

1979 - Ao Vivo - Montreux
Parte 1 - 36.5 Mb
http://rapidshare.de/files/8391193/HPAV.part1.rar.html
Parte 2 - 36.5 Mb
http://rapidshare.de/files/8392649/HPAV.part2.rar.html
Parte 3 - 36.3 Mb
http://rapidshare.de/files/8391047/HPAV.part3.rar.html
Password to decompress (?): avaxbr


1980 - Cérebro Magnético
http://rapidshare.de/files/16175504/198 ... n_tico.rar

1982 - Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo
http://rapidshare.de/files/16178904/198 ... _Grupo.rar

1984 - Lagoa da Canoa, Município de Arapiraca
http://rapidshare.de/files/16207830/198 ... piraca.rar

1986 - Hermeto Pascoal - Brasil Universo
http://rapidshare.de/files/16259127/198 ... iverso.rar

1987 - Só Não Toca Quem Não Quer
http://rapidshare.de/files/19367825/S__n_o_Toca_Quem_n_o_Quer.zip.html

1992 - Festa dos Deuses
http://rapidshare.de/files/19486777/Festa_dos_Deuses.zip.html

2003 - Mundo Verde Esperança
http://rapidshare.de/files/22054122/Mun ... _.rar.html

From the official releases it is missing the "Eu e Eles" from 1999, where he plays every instrument on the album...

Enjoy...

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Thanks a lot, Mr Green Genes. That's a marvellous collection, gotta make some room on my HD first though.

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sweet!! thanks for that, more music to crack out on!!

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Mr. Green Genes...

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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I am glad you people apreciated it! :mrgreen:

Here is some more (the missing links):

1988- Por Diferentes Caminhos (Hermeto Pascoal Piano Solo)
http://rapidshare.de/files/16503043/_1988__Por_Diferentes_Caminhos.rar.html

1999- Eu e Eles (Hermeto plays every single instrument on this album, piano, percusion, flutes, sax, flugel, accordeon, mandolin, squeaky toys, etc...)
http://rapidshare.de/files/17413465/_1999__Eu_E_Eles.rar.html

[1993]Instrumental No CCBB (Hermeto w/ Renato Borghetti on accordeon)
http://rapidshare.de/files/17391355/_1993__Instrumental_No_CCBB__com_Renato_Borghetti_.rar.html

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That Quarteto Novo album is really nice, good sunday morning music. :)

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I just listened VEEEEERRRRRY carefully to 'Slaves Mass' and 'Only If You Don't Want To' this morning. I liked them from the first moment I heard them, but listening to them with complete attention was mind-blowing. What a composer..!!!!


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Now, you made a poor man happy. I am glad the music reached you... He gets elements from Brazilian regional music, jazz and classical, mixes everyhting and create something of his own which he calls 'universal music'... Try "Mundo Verde Esperança" and "Festa dos Deuse" next...


I will try to put some of this orchestral works in the future... Cheers!

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Thanks a lot Green . I'd never heard of him before and i honestly like what hes doing He is great


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Which one's "Only if you don't want to"? Is that one on Rapidshare?

So far, I really like the Montreux live LP (the drumming on that one's pretty incredible), 'A Musica Livre de...', and the Quarteto Novo LP. It's pretty interesting how different these all are from each other, all very good though. Still need to listen to a lot of the others.

Thanks again for the links, this is really a treasure trove of interesting music.

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Studabaker, "Only if you don't want to, you can't do it" is the English title for the "Só Não Toca Quem Não Quer" album. This and the Festa dos Deuse were the last with the classical O Grupo line-up which includes Jovino Santos Neto on Piano and Carlos Malta on winds (this group is unbeatable in dynamics and improvs...). "Only If You..." was my first Hermeto album, the one which got me hooked. it means "Only if you don't want it, you can't play an instrument"...

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I was trying to explain his music to one of my friends a few minutes ago. I said 'It's some of the outest music you'll ever hear, but Mr. Pascoal is a nice enough guy to leave behind a trail of cookie crumbs so you don't get lost out there.'

'Only If You Don't Want To' and 'Mixing Pot' are perfect examples of this.


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