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Keyboard wizard, arranger, and composer José Roberto Bertrami may have departed Azymuth in the 1980s, but his touch for writing and recording beautifully articulated groove-conscious funky modern Latin jazz continues in the 21st century. Things Are Different finds Bertrami in the company of the brilliant and lyrical guitarist Eddy Palermo, his son Victor on drums, percussionist Robertinho Silva, bassist Ney Conceição, flügelhornist Paulinho Trumpete, and vocalist Aleuda. The breezy feel of the set is deceptive, given the communication among the players. The interplay between Bertrami's pianism and organ work and Palermo's guitaristry is remarkable. Far from feeling like a fresh encounter, the engagement on the title track, "Sweet Papaya," and "Bluff Dancing" sounds like the pair had been collaborating for decades. In addition, the elegant acoustic guitar work of Paulinho Soledade on "Çeu e Mar" is tight and punchy, offsetting the drum loops beautifully. Gorgeously composed and seamlessly sequenced, this is a summertime smooth jazz record for the ages.


Born: 21 February 1946 in Tatuí, São Paulo, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

José Roberto Bertrami was best known as the keyboardist with the group Azymuth, but he also carved out a substantial career as a sideman and solo artist away from the band. Born February 21, 1946, in the Tatui district of São Paulo, Brazil, he was classically trained but gravitated toward the music of jazz pianist Bill Evans. The keyboardist for the combo Tamba 4, Luíz Eça, was a mentor and influence closer to home. Initially, Bertrami worked with Flora Purim and Robertinho Silva before meeting drummer...
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