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 Post subject: Hermeto Pascoal
PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:59 am 
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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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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)

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Missa dos escravos (Slaves mass)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

3
Aquela valsa (That waltz)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

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Cannon (Dedicated to Cannonball Adderley)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

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Chorinho pra ele (Little cry for him)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

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Escuta meu piano (Just listen)

(Hermeto Pascoal)

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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

(Atlantic/Rhino)

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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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:

You've made me a happy man.


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primo links Mr G .. Image

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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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