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New - Os Tatuis - Self Titled - LP

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 Far Out Recordings present a reissue of Os Tatuís' self-titled album, originally released in 1965. The late José Roberto Bertrami is best known as the keyboardist and bandleader of legendary trio Azymuth. In 1965, at the age of just nineteen, Zé Roberto recorded his first studio album with his group Os Tatuís, and the José Roberto Trio in the following year. These largely slept-on albums of beautiful, expressive samba jazz, and bossa nova stand as a testament to the prodigious genius of one of the most important musicians in Brazil's history. In his late teens, and around the same time as he was regularly sneaking off to São Paulo by train to perform in nightclubs, Zé Roberto, alongside his brother Claudio and other musicians from Tatuí's emerging jazz and bossa nova scene, recorded the first album under the group name Os Tatuís. The self-titled LP featured Zé Roberto on piano, Claudio on double bass, a horn section and an organist. With compositions by Antonio Carlos JobimRoberto MenescalCarlos LyraDurval Ferreira, and Adilson Godoy, the album also featured Bertrami's own composition "A Bossa do Zé Roberto", a mesmerizing piece of bossa jazz, which proved that already -- even as a teenager -- Bertrami's compositions could stand alongside those by the bossa greats. A year later, in 1966, Bertrami went back into the studio, but this time stripping the format back to a trio set up. Again, featuring Claudio Henrique Betrami on double bass, and with Jovito Coluna on drums, the José Roberto Trio recorded their one and only album, featuring compositions by Baden PowellManfredo Fest, and Marcos Valle. The album also featured three of Bertrami's own compositions: the wistful "Lilos Watts", the groovy "Kebar", and the dazzling "Talhuama". In the vein of the pioneering Tamba Trio who had so inspired Bertrami in the few years' prior, the José Roberto Trio typified an emerging movement within bossa nova in the mid-sixties, with a distinctively Brazilian reimagining of the piano jazz trio sound conceived by the likes of Nat King ColeOscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal, and further developed by Bill Evans. Following on from Tamba Trio, in Brazil, the mid-sixties saw a number of great Brazilian bossa jazz trios recording around this time, such as Bossa TrêsMilton Banana TrioTenório Jr, and Bossa Jazz Trio, the latter another group helmed by Betrami. Across both of these historic albums, Bertrami's stunningly performed compositions are rich with harmonic complexity and rhythmic ingenuity, providing a precursor to some of Bertrami's futuristic fusion with Azymuth later in his career.