Esperanto + Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Tapecar LP-X-37
    Tapecar LP-X-37
  • Quartin LP-RSQ-2
    Quartin LP-RSQ-2
  • Victor Assis Brasil
    Victor Assis Brasil

Victor Assis Brasil

Esperanto + Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim (2 LP on 1 CD)

Far Out Recordings

Personnel:
Victor Assis Brasil (as, ss), Dom Salvador (p, org), Hélio Delmiro (g), Edson Lôbo (b), Edison Machado (d), Claudio Roditi (tp)

Reference: FARO 201 CD

Bar code: 5060211503429

The CD is a double album release, containing both Esperanto and Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as two bonus tracks: previously unreleased alternative versions of ‘Marilia’ and ‘Ao Amigo Quartin’.

Gifted his first saxophone by his aunt at the age of fourteen, only four years later the inherently gifted and determined young musician Victor Assis Brasil recorded his debut album, with a second to follow only a year later. The prodigious young carioca was subsequently granted a place to study at Berklee College of Music, where he played alongside the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Chick Corea and Ron Carter. It was also during this period he recorded Esperanto and Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim with Roberto Quartin, upon returning to Brazil in the summer of 1970.

Recorded in the same sessions as the Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim album, Esperanto consists of some of Assis Brasil's most mesmerising original compositions, as well as a heavy-swinging latin-jazz cover of Jimmy Heath’s ‘Ginger Bread Boy’. 'Quarenta Graus A Sombra’ typifies Assis Brasil's wild, frenetic jazz sound, while ‘Marilia’ and ‘Ao Amigo Quartin’ provide more melancholic moments. Esperanto’s influences span both American continents, finding a meeting point for Latin jazz and North American post-bop, with Roberto Quartin’s perfectionist approach to sound elevating the already incandescent music to divine new heights. The band consists of some mercurial greats of Brazilian music: Dom Salvador (bass), Edison Machado (drums), Helio Delmiro (guitar) and Edson Lobo (Bass).

On Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim, Victor Assis Brasil morphed Jobim’s soothing originals into raw, deep jazz cuts: a product of its time as the smooth 'n' easy groove of the bossa beat no longer reflected the politics of a nation under the cosh of military dictatorship.

Victor Assis Brasil passed away aged just thirty-five, due to a rare circulatory disease, but by this point his status was already cemented as one of the most talented musicians in Brazil’s history.

All the releases in the Quartin series have been re-mastered from the original 2” tapes, and pressed to high quality CD and heavyweight vinyl.

Tracklist

01. Ginger Bread Boy (Jimmy Heath) 6:14
02. Children (Victor Assis Brasil) 10:16 *
03. Marilia (Victor Assis Brasil) 6:44
04. Quarenta graus a sombra (Victor Assis Brasil) 9:12
05. Ao amigo Quartin (Victor Assis Brasil) 5:07
06. So tinha de ser com você (Oliveira-Jobim) 4:01
07. Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 9:49
08. Bonita (Jobim-Gilbert) 6:39
09. Dindi (OLiveira-Jobim-Gilbert) 5:04
10. Marilia [Alternate take] (Victor Assis Brasil) 7:52
11. Ao amigo Quartin [Alternate take] (Victor Assis Brasil) 7:51

Album details

Total time: 79:11 min.

(*) Previously unreleased track

Sources:
Tracks #1-5, released in 1976 as 12-inch release entitled "Esperanto" (Tapecar LP-X-37)
Tracks #6-9, released in 1970 as 12-inch release entitled "Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim" (Quartin LP-RSQ-2)
Tracks #10 & 11 are unedited alternate takes

Personnel:
Victor Assis Brasil (alto & soprano sax), Dom Salvador (piano, organ), Claudio Roditi (trumpet on #1-5), Hélio Delmiro (guitar), Edson Lôbo (bass), Edison Machado (drums).
Recorded at Estúdios EMI-Odeon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 25 & 26, 1970

Sound engineer: Jorge Teixeira
Remastered by Pete Norman at Finyl Tweek, London
Photography: Alexandre De Souza Lima
Original design: Cesar Villela, E. Mello Menezes

Sessions originally produced by Roberto Quartin
Produced for CD release by Joe Davis
Price:

$13.45  (tax incl.)

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