Friday 24 May 2024

Before Vinícius Jr. came along, how many " Vinícius's did you know?  I'm guessing not many but here's one that you're going to be hearing lots more of; make a note, it's Vinícius Mendes!

So Vinícius Júnior is going to Wembley (with Rael Madrid) but could Mr. Mendes be far behing him?  Coming from the same state in Brasil as Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges, this composer, saxophonist, flautist that's been researching 'Improvisation in Free Jazz and BPIM' since he graduated from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.  On the face of it, doesn't sound too popular but the guys at Notes On A Journey (a sub-label of the all knowledgeable  Sonar Kollektiv and guru Jürgen von Knoblauch of Jazzanova).

So we've got two albums, Vol. 1 recorded in 2021 and Vol. 2 the following year that's a collection of originals and cover versions that's like a create dig of some lost Sergio Mendes (no relation) that Ed Motta would have been proud of - like finding an original Jimi Tenor from Bela Horizonte with a chilled and jazzy Azymuth with a sax/flute.

If that doesn't get you excited, you know Gilles Peterson, Forge, Curtis, Bangs, Beadle, Parnell etc will all be getting wet about the 'Aldeia de Ogum' cover version (it is rather stunning!)  As an aside, I remember hearing the original jazzdance version by Joyce Moreno coming out of a record shop off Chapel Market in Islington some decades ago and I still get excited every time I hear it.

So as we desparately brush up our Latin/funk/soul/MPB/disco/jazz for the summer, put 'Macunaísmo Tardio Vol.1 and 2' top of your 'Must Have' lists.  Whilst it's a push to think Vinícius Mendes will be at Wembley any time soon, could we dream of the next Dingwalls re-union?

Artist: Vinícius Mendes 
Title: Macunaísmo Tardio Vol.1 and 2
Release date: 24th May, 2024
Label : Notes On A Journey
Catalog Number : NEWNOAJ002
Format: 2xLP Limited Edition Gatefold Cover / Digital / Bandcamp 


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