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Azymuth Butterfly

  • Words: Derek Beres
  • Label: Far Out
  • XLR8R Rating: 5/10

While heralded for bringing a unique edge to the jazz-electronica fusion scene in Brazil, Azymuth unsurprisingly sounds like shades of Weather Report and Earth, Wind, and Fire. The only thing is, this is 2008, not 1978, around the time the band first formed. What has been impressive about Azymuth is the remixes of their material, and indeed, even on their latest, there are some fine contributions of saxophones and drums. But the basslines sound like smooth jazz muzak, and the repetitive vocal mantras are laughable. The overall effect reminds one of being on a tour cruise with nowhere to go but overboard. It’s a shame, because this band has had its time, but that time is long gone.

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