Milton Nascimento

Geraes

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Geraes was recorded in 1976. At this point, Nascimento had had an experience with fusion in the Som Imaginário, and with jazzers such as Herbie Hancock (who had recorded with him in the previous year's Milton) and Wayne Shorter (Native Dancer). For this album, Nascimento experiments economically with orchestra, trying to recover his roots -- the culture of the Minas Gerais state, whose already strong civilization made possible an expressive Baroque and sacred music in the 17th century. Therefore, the atmosphere here is not as swinging, but it reaches deeper emotional dimensions in some hits, like the bucolic "Fazenda," the religious folkloric "Calix Bento," the Latin "Volver a los 17," the fundamental "O Cio da Terra," and others. The album also has special guest Chico Buarque on his "O Que Será (À Flor da Pele)."

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