Hermeto Pascoal E Grupo - Live At Planatario De Gavea
On a balmy Brazilian night in February, 1981, a crowd gathered in Rio de Janeiro’s Gávea neighbourhood under the iconic dome of the city’s Planetário (Planetarium) – Alongside musicians like Helio Delmiro and Milton Nascimento (who were in the audience that night), they were there to see the great “Bruxo” (sorcerer) Hermeto Pascoal live in concert, with his new band formation which would become known simply as “E Grupo” (The Group). The series of concerts at the Planetário marked the birth of “O Grupo” which would last with the same line-up (apart from Zé Eduardo Nazário) for the next eleven years. Every member of O Grupo was a phenomenal musician in their own right. It was one of saxophonist/ autist Carlos Malta’s rst gigs with the group, and the concert unusually featured two drummers, Zé Eduardo Nazário and Marcio Bahia. Nazário, from São Paulo, had played with Hermeto during the mid-70s (as well as with Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti and Toninho Horta, to name a few). Bahia though had just joined the group. Acclaimed keyboard player Jovino Santos Neto was on keyboards, piano and organ, and the great Itiberê Zwarg (who remains in Hermeto’s band to this day), played bass. Rounding the group off was the percussionist Pernambuco. During this period (up until the early 90s) the group would rehearse for hours on end, virtually seven days a week, with a total dedication to music and Hermeto’s musical vision.
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