Grupo Um – Marcha sobre a cidade

Brazil, 1979, vanguarda paulista / jazz fusion / avant-garde jazz

I love jazz but am not confident in talking about it. I’m never sure what to say. I guess I feel a bit intimidated by the genre. Well, this out-of-the-way classic helps kick off the vanguarda paulista movement in São Paulo, a short-lived communal experimentation in the creation of music without major label backing. The avant-garde leanings of the genre enticed me to dig a little deeper, and finding this album was the result of a very short search. Side B really breaks things down–in a good way–from the beginning with a lot of experimentation with minimal percussion and silence before launching into a fuller jazzy groove.

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