Luiz Eca & La Familia Sagrada Onda Nova Do Brazil

Pianist Eca was the leader of avant-bossa masters Tamba Trio who disintegrated at about the time this album was recorded in 1970. This album features all of Eca’s favourite tricks: stop-on-a-dime changes, massed voices, and ever-changing grooves. These characterised the Tambas’ latter years (their Samba Blim set produced by Creed Taylor has just been reissued) and this album takes several baroque steps further. Furthering the Tambas complicated sonic constructions with a greater instrumental range possible than in a trio format, Eca’s horn arrangements are particularly on point, especially in the epic opener "O Homen Da Sucursal/Barravento” and the album’s best track, the insanely polyrhythmic "Atras Das Portas Da Tarde.” This last tune includes outstanding work by avant-roots percussionist Nana Vasconcelos early on in his career. Another special guest who was just starting out a long and varied career is Joyce, whose Brazilian Joni Mitchell-isms crop up frequently. On the whole, Onda Nova Do Brazil has a more pronounced psychedelic samba soul feel than the Tamba Trio ever did. This album remained unreleased until 1978, when it was originally issued in select Mexican hotels, which was the primary business of the label owner. Once again, Vampi Soul plucks a classic out of thin air. The only strikes against this otherwise excellent reissue are the blurry reproduction of the cover and the mastering (off vinyl), which sounds hollow in the midrange, but these are only minor caveats… (Vampisoul)