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Album Review

This was one of Flora Purim's finest all-around jazz recordings, and it is luckily available on CD. Purim is featured in a variety of challenging and stimulating settings: on two numbers ("Above the Rainbow" and "Tomara") with pianist McCoy Tyner; teamed up with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson on Chick Corea's "Windows" and "Black Narcissus"; and utilizing such players as bass trombonist Raul DeSouza, keyboardists Hermeto Pascoal and George Duke, and singer Urszula Dudziak (who is heard on "Encounter") plus Flora's husband, percussionist Airto. The music is primarily group originals and finds Flora Purim in peak form. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews


This recording sounds just as good if not better than it did when first released in 1976. In my humble opinion as a fan who has been listening to jazz for 50 years, this is Flora's finest recording, and a must have recording for any serious jazz collection.


Worth it for Windows and Black Narcissus alone - absolute classics.


Jazz critics have said that Flora's album "That's what she said" was the energetic and improvisational culmination of her previous Milestone recording work. Maybe. But her album "Encounters" stands as her most heart reaching and soul speaking creation. I listen to it and I hear the emphatic religious rhythm of Brazil.


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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