Azymuth are coming to town! Copenhagen music fans are in for a treat on Friday 28th of October when the legendary Brazilian Jazz funk trio Azymuth land for a show at Sigurdsgade. Formed in the early ’70s, their career has spanned decades at this stage. Now, they are touring Europe in support of a brand new album, Fenix, due out in early December on the Brazil-centric UK label Far Out Recordings. Check out the title track below, which had its debut on Boiler Room recently, for a trademark combo of the effortless and energetic which characterises their best work from the debut back in the ’70s all the way till today. We are proud to be presenting the show alongside Soundesc. and Sigurdsgade.

There are those acts which can barely last a meteorological season and groups like Azymuth who are truly seasoned over decades, like fine wine or deep funky truffles. It’s hard to fit all their achievements and influences into a a short summary but lets just say that the phrase ‘legendary’ is often overused and therefore undervalued  but it is actually perfectly fitting for a band like Azymuth, whose influence ranges so wide. Their countless albums and collaborations with the likes of Marcos Valle to Madlib are a testament to their artistic originality. The new album also features Brazilian percussion legend Robertinho Silva, one of Brazil’s most important and influential players.

As Rasmus Schack from Epic Vinyls From Brazil, who will be DJ on the night  alongside Master Fatman, told us:  “They are influencial because of their unique vibe/sound and the samba influenced drum patterns had a broad impact on key players in america, japan and europe in both jazz, ambient, hiphop and house music.”

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In 2012 the original keyboard maestro of Azymuth, Jose Roberto Bertrami, passed away leaving drummer Ivan’Mamao’ Conti and guitarist Alex Conti to continue the legacy. For the new album they drafted in young keyboard virtuoso Kiko Continentino who has worked with Gilberto Gil and Milton Nasciemento and much like Bertrami, is as practiced in  arrangement and composition as he is with the keyboard. It is no accident then that the upcoming album is titled ‘Fenix’ with all its references to rising from ashes and being reborn and also the very real continuation of a musical legacy. Azymuth are fire.

We asked Schack to pick a couple of his faves and he came with these ones. Dig deep, get yourself a ticket to the show and have a listen

DJ Schack Current top Azymuth tracks:

1. Maracana (1980) current dancefloor stomper

2. Linha sobre o horizonte (1975) psychedelic spiritual soul jazz

3. Tudo que você podia ser (1996) Funky rework of the 1972 Clube de Esquina masterpiece.

In additional news vinyl nerds better look out as the European tour kicks off in Copenhagen and Far Out have pressed a one-off run of 300 hand-stamped and hand-numbered Fênix white label LPs, which will come housed in the finished sleeve. This super-limited priceless piece of Azymuth history will be available exclusively at the shows on the tour, over a month ahead of the official release date.

Fênix arrives on December 2 on digital and on vinyl/CD. Pre-order the album here, and buy tickets for the CPH show here .

Just in case you don’t already know one of their biggest tunes here is this big dance floor banger called ‘Jazz Carnival’ from back in 1979 which they had a Top 20 Chart entry in the UK charts with back then.