Composer, arranger, producer and keyboard player Eumir Deodato is widely regarded as one of Brazil's most productive musicians. Deodato can be heard on more than 500 albums including, among others, releases by Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, Frank Sinatra, Kool & The Gang, George Benson, Tom Jobim and Björk, but before he moved to New York in the late nineteen sixties, Eumir had already built up a great musical reputation in his own country where he collaborated with Roberto Menescal, João Donato and Marcos Valle. In that same period, he also recorded a number of albums with his own lesser known samba jazz and bossa nova ensemble Os Catedráticos, and from those releases it's mainly 'Ataque' which perfectly captures the magical groove of nineteen sixties Rio. In the track list, apart from self-penned compositions, also a number of covers of well-known songs like 'Os Grilos' (Marcos Valle) and 'Tristeza' (originally recorded by Haroldo Lobo & Niltinho, but better known in the versions by Sergio Mendes and Astrud Gilberto), all arranged for an extensive horn section including trombonist Edso n Maciel and with Wilson Das Neves on drums and Ruebens Bassini on percussion. 'Ataque' is now considered an absolute masterpiece of Brazilian swing. Among vinyl collectors, the original LP's are now highly sought after collectibles, so this reissue is certainly well-deserved. Brazilian gem!