Disk Union Japan and 180g team up for an exceptional release with Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal’s 2017 album No Mundo Dos Sons, his first recording with his band in 15 years, now available for the first time in gatefold double vinyl edition!
Wide ranging and eclectic, Pascoal is known as “The Wizard” because he can extract a sound from anything. While one cannot always be sure exactly what instrument in his arsenal he is deploying at any particular point in time, the results are marvelous, defying easy (or any) categorization. The 18 tracks, each of which have their own distinct personality and character, include elements of traditional jazz, Brazilian jazz, traditional Brazilian music, pop, African, symphonic element, as well as music from Pascoal’s cerebrum. All are imbued with Pascoal’s tools of the trade – whistles, screams, scales, keyboard, kettles, spoons, squeeze toys, children’s voices, prepared piano and geese calls.
Band members – whose ranks include such standouts as João Paulo Ramos Barbosa (“Jota P”) and Itiberê Zwarg – add Brazil’s pandeiro, surdo, caixa, apitos, bonecos and agogos, as well as more conventional Western instruments such as soprano and tenor saxophones, flute, electric piano, electric bass and other instruments. Musicians and genres such as Terry Riley, Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Javanese gamelan and Indonesian kulintang, Philip Glass and others come to mind, but there is no real overlap: Pascoal has his own special brew.