Hermeto Pascoal

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Reissue of the LP Slaves Mass (1977). The album had the fusion "Mixing pot," where Hermeto Pascoal really improvises and Alphonso Johnson shines. In "Missa Dos Escravos,," Pascoal's emblematic pig gives his first growls in a song dominated by Brazilian Indian references and with no improv. "Aquela Valsa" is a beautiful 6/8 theme that turns into a samba, also with no improv, but presents a beautiful trombone solo by master Raul de Souza. "Cannon" is only incidental noise. "Chorinho Para Ele" is a beautiful and modern choro with a somewhat challenging glissando bridge that really proposed new directions for the traditional genre. Atonalism dominates the piano solo "Escuta Meu Piano," which also presents bits and pieces of different styles (like baião) and songs (which have an Egberto Gismonti flavor). Hot samba improvisation is again found in "Geléia de Cereja," though troubled by lack of motivic development.