I don’t profess any extensive knowledge when it comes to Brazilian music but I know what I love when I hear it. And there’s something uniquely timely about this exhilarating instrumentation which was first created at the peak of the mid-sixties when Eumir Deodato and team explored the fiery sounds of strident horns, sassy percussion and excitable organ solo’s. All of which sought to inject the listener with an unmistaken energy that still very much resounds today, exceedingly so. This reissue and remaster from the original tapes in ways defies its age exuding an emotional resonance transporting you directly from then to now. It also places a contrasting sense of romantic space into the slower numbers such as the eloquent Razão De Viver (A Little Tear), while inevitably hitting hard via the resolute blasts of the title track, Ataque. Later in life he went on to work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Earth Wind & Fire, Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin amongst many significant others and also penned the dancefloor classic Super Strut from 1973. In the meantime this rare slice of life is now available once again playing like a long-lost, though most welcome, friend.
Release: December 7