The Grupo D'Alma had a short life, but became considerably influential in Brazilian jazz and instrumental music. It was formed in the late '70s as a trio of virtuosic acoustic guitarists and at different times the formations included André Geraissaiti, Ulisses Rocha, Rui Saleme, Mozart Melo, and Cândido Penteado. The first album's title (A Quem Interessar Possa 1979) made clear the band's need to express their inner feelings about the craft of music-making with disregard for commercial considerations. D'Alma (1981) opened way for the International Jazz Festival of São Paulo (1982). The trio also performed in the Free Jazz Festival in 1986 and recorded their last album before the dissolution.
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