Nomade Orquestra - Entremundos (Far Out Recordings)

With 'Entremundos', Nomade Orquestra presents a successor for the untitled debut they released last year. On this album the ten-piece orchestra from São Paulo further explores the musical limbo they've created for themselves where genres like jazz, funk, soul, afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, dub and hip-hop smoothly blend together. With opener 'Jardim De Zaira' the band salutes the neighborhood in the so-called ABC region (an industrialized area on the outskirts of São Paulo, comprised of Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, and São Caetano do Sul) where they always gather to rehearse. For 'Rinoceronte Blues', in which the lead is played on a bluesy hillbilly harmonica, the band takes us to a swinging jazz club in New Orleans, for 'Madame Butterfly' they go back and forth between funk and jazz, and 'Felag Megu' is clearly influenced by the work of Ethio-jazz grandmaster Mulatu Astatke (see also the somewhat eerie sounding 'Deliriuns') and the desert blues of Tuareg bands like Tinariwen. The Orchestra concludes with the voodoo trance of 'Olho Do Tempo' (still followed by hidden track 'Travessia'). The sleeve design for the album, done by Pedro H. Ladeira, perfectly summarizes this fascinating kaleidoscopic album!


Added: Jun 29, 2017