Artezanal/Far Out Recordings
Far Out Recordings are honoured to be working with master composer, arranger and pianist, António Adolfo for the first time since releasing his “Destiny” album in 2007. This time we 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, baião, mpb and jazz, etc’.
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.