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Album Review

This is the album that launched Flora Purim's solo career with great promise following her magnificent stint with Chick Corea's first incarnation of Return to Forever. Most of the tracks on this album sound like they would have fit very nicely onto one of RTF's first two LPs, with bandmate Stanley Clarke not only lending support on electric and acoustic bass, but also contributing original compositions and arrangements to the mix. The rest of the supporting cast is not too shabby either, including sax and flute man Joe Henderson, keyboard whiz kid George Duke, guitarist David Amaro, and Purim's other half, percussion legend Airto Moreira. Clarke's funky "Dr. Jive" and lyrical "Butterfly Dreams" are standout tracks here, as is the upbeat Egberto Gismonti composition "Moon Dreams." Duke shows his light Brazilian side on "Love Reborn," featuring Henderson's tenor sax solo and Amaro's lovely acoustic guitar. Purim delivers a gorgeous take on Jobim's well-known ballad "Dindi," and reshapes the standard "Summer Night" into a wordless vocal in her unmistakable style. The disc closes with a fine reworking of Clarke's now-classic "Light as a Feather," which strays not too far from the original RTF version. Neatly capturing Flora Purim's many vocal strengths, Butterfly Dreams delivered on the great expectations generated by her work with Corea and turned out to be a high point in her recording career. [The Keepnews Collection re-released the 1973 LP on CD in 2007.]

Customer Reviews

The Gold Standard

A classic to anybody familiar with music being produced at that time. A rare example of harmony where no musician stands over the other. Very melodic, rhythmic, seminal, enlightening (because of the multitude of cultural influences) erudite and articulate because Joe Henderson's tenor sax and flute are so mature and introspective rather than showy. Even George Duke, (whiz kid with an ability to humor and even distract) is down to business. And that's what's so great about this session--even Stanley Clarke with such flamboyant chops on bass guitar, lays down some of the jazziest, dues-paid base lines ever enjoyed on a track. All this and and the fullness of voice of Flora Purim. Esctasy!

(in awe)

GET IT! Very beautiful!

Butterfly Deams/Flora Purim

This is one of the greatest Albums that I have heard. Flora Purim is magnificent in her vocal creative expession. She uses her voice like an instrument. Flora and Joe Henderson and other musicians are clearly improvising and interacting with each other creating a true expression of musical creativity at it's height.


Born: March 6, 1942 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Influenced by both traditional Brazilian singers and the improvisations of American jazz divas like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Flora Purim was one of the most adventurous singers of the 1970s. After meeting and marrying her husband, percussionist Airto Moreira, in their native Brazil, Purim moved with him to the U.S. in the late '60s. Though she worked with Stan Getz and pianist Duke Pearson before the decade ended, it wasn't until joining Chick Corea, Joe Farrell, Stanley Clarke, and Moreira...
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