Antonio Adolfo - Viralata


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Far Out Recordings are honoured to be working with master composer, arranger and pianist, Antonio Adolfo for the first time since releasing his Destiny album in 2007. This time they present the first ever vinyl reissue of his era-defining Viralata LP: An essential album from Brazil’s majorly pro­gressive heyday of late seventies jazz-funk. Viralata is a sacred artefact of Brazilian music, which Antonio himself describes as ‘a product of my hybrid musical influences that joins together
flavours of marchinhas de carnaval, frevo, toada, classical, mpb and jazz, etc’. The album’s first track Cascavel is the emotionally charged, celebratory dance anthem, which became a London jazz-dance classic in the early ‘90s after Far Out label boss Joe Davis discovered a handful of copies in a second hand shop in Sao Paulo and brought them back to London to sell to DJs like Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge. In recent years the track has been played out by the likes of Floating Points, Mr Scruff and Andrew Ashong. Viralata sits comfortably on the same pedestal as Azymuth’s Light As A Feather and Joao Donato’s Quem Quem, which is no co-incidence. All three keystone LPs were recorded and engineered by Toniniho, considered by many to be “the Brazilian Rudy Van Gelder” whose magic touches in the studio also helped to produce Marcos Valle’s Previs o Do Tempo and Joyce’s Água E Luz among many other holy grails and unassailable classics of soulful Brazilian music. Antonio’s work has been widely performed by his legendary Brazilian contemporaries including Sergio Mendes, Emilio Santiago and Erasmo Carlos, but also by platinum-selling American icons including Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert and Dionne Warwick. Following an early 70s spell of studying jazz in the USA, Viralata’s release in 1979 arrived at the height of a flourishing period of Antonio’s career. With his late 60s and 70s output following through on his influences of tropicalia, funk, MPB and easy listening, the almost entirely in­strumental Viralata marked an apex for Brazilian jazz.