#22 - 070 Starting Point - Grupo Um

#22 - 070 Starting Point - Grupo Um

$ 35.00
In 1975, under the oppressive air of...
In 1975, under the oppressive air of military dictatorship in Brazil, brothers Lelo and Zé Eduardo Nazario invited bassist Zeca Assumpção to join their musical experiments in a basement under Sao Paulo’s Teodoro Sampaio Street. As teenagers, the trio had already been playing together in Hermeto Pascoal’s Grupo, alongside guitarist Toninho Horta and saxophonist Nivaldo Ornelas, and it was while working together under Hermeto’s direction that the Paulista rhythm section (as they were then known) began to realise their own potential.

With many nightclubs and venues closed in the mid-70s and government censors dictating the output of radio, TV and art galleries, many Brazilian artists fled during the years of dictatorship. But underground, Grupo Um were fusing avant garde ideals with contemporary jazz and Afro Brazilian rhythm; making phenomenally free and expressive music - in stark contrast to the sterile, conservative conditions being imposed above ground.

Just like Hermeto Pascoal’s Viajando Com O Som from the following year, Starting Point was recorded over two days at Vice-Versa Studios, by revered engineer Renato Viola. The studio was one of the best in Sao Paulo and musicians communicated with...  more


released February 17, 2023

Lelo Nazario | piano, prepared piano, fender rhodes, percussion, voice
Zé Eduardo Nazario | drums, percussion, berimbau, voice
Zeca Assumpção | bass, voice

1. Porão da Teodoro
(Zé Eduardo Nazario)
2. Onze por Oito
(Lelo Nazario)
3. Organica
(Lelo Nazario)
4. Suite Orquidea Negra
(Lelo Nazario)
5. Jardim Candida
(Zé Eduardo Nazario)
6. Cortejo dos Reis Negros
(Lelo Nazario)

Produced by Lelo Nazario and Zé Eduardo Nazario
Recorded at Vice-Versa Studio, São Paulo, 1975
Engineered by Renato Viola
Mixed by Lelo Nazario, Zé Eduardo Nazario and Renato Viola
Tape restored by Lelo Nazario at Utopia Studio
Mastered by Lelo Nazario @ Utopia Studio, February 2022
Mastered by Stuart Hawkes @ Metropolis Studios, September 2022
Liner notes by Lelo Nazario and Zé Eduardo Nazario
Project coordination in Brazil by Irati Antonio (Utopia Studio)
Photography by Jorge Las Heras and artists' personal archives
Photos restored by Lelo Nazario
Artwork and Design by Alessandro Renaldin
Art Direction by Josh Tautz