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Stories to Tell

Flora Purim

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Album Review

Though her recordings for Chick Corea's Return to Forever provide a better introduction to her vocal talents, Stories to Tell is an excellent outing by Flora Purim and friends. Assisted by a cast of jazz/fusion all-stars led by husband Airto Moreira, Purim shows off the wide range of her abilities: from wordless vocal soaring to songs with lyrics in English and Portuguese, from uptempo percussion-driven workouts to beautiful ballads. In addition to Airto, the assembled cast includes bassists Miroslav Vitous and Ron Carter, keyboard wunderkind George Duke, guitarists Earl Klugh and Oscar Castro-Neves, and trombonist Raul de Souza. Also, Carlos Santana turns in one of his patented sizzling guitar solos on "Silver Sword." With material from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vitous, Milton Nascimento, McCoy Tyner, and Purim herself, this is an album worth savoring.

Customer Reviews

Stories To Tell

This was one of my favorite LPs back in the day. An excellent example of early fusion that harkens to Chick Corea and his ilk. Yes, I said LP, and I remember playing the hell out of this disc. Listen to the bass work on O Cantador, and the free form vocalizing she does throughout. Check out the funk groove of the title cut and Santana cutting loose on Silver Sword. This is fusion jazz meant to be played loud. Purim was Down Beat magazine's female vocalist of the year in '75 if I remember, and it is this album, her previous Butterfly Dreams, and her work with Return To Forever that earned her that honor. A true classic from the '70s. With George Duke, Airto, and others.

Biography

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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