Friday, December 5, 2008

Flora Purim

I just had to post this amazing YouTube clip. I'm a huge fan of jazz vocalist Flora Purim and her husband, percussionist Airto Moreira. They brought a very hip Brazilian vibe to '70s jazz fusion, and Flora was really the only major jazz vocalist to embrace fusion. Partly because she's much more than your typical jazz vocalist and is willing to embrace experimental techniques that would have made Ella Fitzgerald cower in fear. Anyway, here is the clip, from a concert at the Paul Masson winery from around 1977-78. I don't have the exact date, but her look and the material correlate to that period.

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