Pulling together the cream of Brazilian talent, multi-instrumentalist Antonio Neves has made a stunning album that traverses jazz, bossa nova and funk, crossing classics and his own compositions.

After watching a documentary on Quincy Jones, Neves made a list of people he wanted to work with. He explains “My offer to the musicians was complete freedom to express themselves through the songs I proposed – classics like “Summertime”, “Luz Negra” and “Noite de Temporal”, and compositions of my own – creating a space of authorship for the band and the guests. A space for inventions, purges, delusions, laughter. The idea was to bring the freedom of jazz crossed by Brazilian rhythms, such as the traditionals Partido Alto (A Pegada Agora É Essa) and Jongo (Jongo no Feudo and Luz Negra); rhythms of African-Brazilian religions like Candomblé (Noite de Temporal) and Umbanda (Forte Apache); and a tribute to newest Rio de Janeiro’s contribution to Brazilian music, the Funk Carioca (Simba)”.

The result is a new album, A Pegada Agora É Essa (The Sway Now), out on vinyl LP, CD and digital release 19th February 2021 via Far Out Recordings, and from it Antonio has released the title track. It’s this hot jazz funk cut that whisks you off your feet (the sway is definitely now), with scattered percussion, wiry guitar licks and splashes of piano and organ liberally spread over the whole thing, not to mention the brass and Esguleba‘s spoken word interjections.

Stunning stuff. Check it out, here

A Pegada Agora É Essa (The Sway Now) is out on vinyl LP, CD and digital release 19th February 2021 via Far Out Recordings.