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José Bertrami
José Roberto Bertrami was born 1946 in Tatuí, a small city in the interior of São Paulo. Bertrami’s piano studies began at age seven. After two years, however, he turned to playing soccer. "I never studied, never knew a thing. But I always excelled at music", José said. But later, he got serious about school. José had already discovered jazz, particularly Bill Evans and Miles Davis. Once out of school, José was ready to start working. His own first job was at a club called Cancan, right next door to a hotel where 17-year-old bassist José Alves had a steady trio gig.
 
An important break for the young pianist came several years later, when he met a singer named Flora Purim at São Paulo’s João Sebastião Bar. He ended up joining the new band Flora was putting together with percussionist Airto Moreira and which also included trombonist Raul de Souza.
 
In 1967, Flora and Airto went off to New York, and José decided to move to Rio with his brother Claudio. They formed a trio with drummer Robertinho Silva, and spent the next eight months working at the Rio nightspot Canecão.
 
Among the other bands working at Canecão during this same period were a jazz/rock unit, whose drummer was Ivan Conti, now one-third of Azymuth. Bertrami and Ivan decided to put together their own trio (Azymuth). They found their bass player, Alex Malheiros, several weeks later as he was toiling away with a dance band in a bowling alley!
 
The first Azymuth album was actually a soundtrack for the film O fabuloso Fittipaldi, written and arranged by Bertrami and released in 1973. Limite do Horizonte followed in 1974 and Aguia não come mosca (“Eagles don’t eat flies”) in 1977. They toured frequently throughout and South America, and continued their studio work, playing on countless samba albums as well as film soundtracks and recordings by top Brazilian artists like Jorge Ben, Simone, and Gal Costa.
 
Azymuth performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977, and backed Flora Purim and Airto on their American tour the next year. José Bertrami passed away in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.
 
courtesy of Concord Music Group
contact:
homepage: www.azymuth.net

 

Azymüth
Som Livre – 410.6003
recorded 1975
José Roberto Bertrami, Hammond organ, piano, synthesizer
José Alexandre Malheiros, bass, guitar
Ariovaldo Contesini, bongos, congas
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, drums
João Américo, percussion
Aguia Não Come Mosca
Atlantic BR 20.021
recorded 1977 in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboards, vocals
José Alexandre Malheiros, bass, guitar
Nenem, percussion
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, drums, percussion, vocals
Jorginho, pandeiro
Paulo Moura, soprano sax
Light As A Feather
Milestone M-9089
recorded 1979
José Roberto Bertrami, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer, percussion
José Alexandre Malheiros, bass
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, drums
Aleuda, percussion
Live At The Copacabana Palace
SBA 1001
recorded 1979, released 1985
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboards
José Alexandre Malheiros, bass, guitar
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, drums
Aleuda, percussion
Outubro
Milestone M-9097
recorded 1980
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboards, percussion, organ, vocoder, piano, vocals
José Alexandre Malheiros, bass, percussion, guitar, vocals
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, drums, percussion, synthesizer
Aleuda, percussion
Telecommunication
Milestone M-9101
recorded 1983
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboards, vocals, percussion
Alex Malheiros, bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
Ivan Conti, drums, percussion
Helio Delmiro, guitar
Doto, repique
Aleuda, percussion
Cadinho, percussion
Cascades
Milestone M-9109
recorded 1982
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboards, percussion, vocals
Alex Malheiros, bass, percussion, guitar
Ivan Conti, drums, percussion, vocals
José Carlos "Bigorna", flute
Maurício Einhorn, harmonica
Carlinhos da Mocidade, percussion
Sidney "Cidinho" Moreira, percussion
Blue Wave
Milestone M-9117
recorded 1981, released 1982
José Roberto Bertrami, piano, organ, synthesizer
Claudio Bertrami, bass
José Alves, bass, piano
Robertinho Silva, drums
José Carlos, flute, soprano sax
Hélio Delmiro, guitar
Rapip Transit
Milestone M-9118
recorded 1983
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboards, organ, percussion, bells, vocoder, vocals
Alex Malheiros, bass, percussion, vocal, guitar
Ivan Conti, drums, percussion, voice
José Carlos Bigorna, flute
Sidney "Cidinho" Moreira, percussions
Flame
Milestone M-9128
recorded 1984
José Roberto Bertrami, percussion, keyboards, Hammond organ, vocals
Alex Malheiros, guitar, percussion, bass, vocals
Ivan Conti, percussion, drums, vocals
Marcio Montarroyos, trumpet
Flora Purim, vocals
Spectrum
Milestone M-9134
recorded February through May 1985 in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil and in Berkeley, CA/USA
José Roberto Bertrami, percussion, keyboards, Hammond organ, vocals
Alex Malheiros, guitar, percussion, bass, vocals
Ivan Conti, percussion, drums, vocals
Marcio Montarroyost, trumpet
Paulinho Olivera, flugelhorn
Flora Purim, vocals
Carlingo Da Mocidade, repique
Cidinho Mamao, tamborim
Ariovaldo Contesini Paulinho, percussion
Peninha, caixa, tamborim
Tightrope Walker
Milestone M-9143
recorded April and May 1986 in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil and in Berkeley, CA/USA
José Roberto Bertrami, percussion, keyboards, piano, vocoder
Alex Malheiros, bass, guitar Sidney 'Cidinho' Moreira, congas, percussion Ivan Conti, drums, percussion Paulinho Olivera, flugelhorn
Crazy Rhythm
Milestone M-9156
recorded January, June, October 1987 in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
José Roberto Bertrami, piano, keyboards
Alexander Malheiros, guitar, bass, vocals
Ivan Conti, percussion, drums, vocals
Joe Pass, guitar
Paulinho Oliveira, flugelhorn
Aleuda, percussion, vocals
Zé Carlos Ramos, flute, soprano sax
João Nogueira, vocal
Flavinho, guitar
Carioca
Milestone M-9169
recorded 1989 in Brazil
José Roberto Bertrami, piano, keyboards, vocals
Paul Russo, bass
Alexander Malheiros, guitar, bass
Ivan Conti, percussion, drums
Nonato Luiz, guitar
Tulio Maurao, keyboards
Nivaldo Ornelas, flute, tenor sax
Jurim Moreira, drums
Jose Carlos Ramos, flute, soprano sax
21 años
Spottlight SO4005 2
recorded 1996 in Brazil
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboards
Alex Malheiros, bass
Ivan Conti, drums
Carnival
Far Out Recordings FARO 011CD
recorded 1996 in Brazil
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboards, percussion
Alex Malheiros, bass
Ivan Conti, drums, synthesizer
Carnival
Far Out Recordings FARO FARO 035CD
recorded 1999 in Brazil
José Roberto Bertrami, organ, percussion, keyboards, vocals, clavinet, synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Mini Moog
Alex Malheiros, guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, cowbell
Ivan Conti, percussion, drums, timbales, tom-tom
Sam Alexander, percussion, conga
Don Chacal, percussion, conga, tabla
Jose Carlos Ramos, flute
Jaime Alemg, guitar
Nina Miranda, vocals
Sabrina Malheiros, vocals
Before We Forget
FARO 046CD
recorded 2000
José Roberto Bertrami, Hammond organ, piano, synthsizer
José Alexandre Malheiros, bass, guitar
Ariovaldo Contesini, bongos, congas
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, drums
José Carlos, flute, sax
Zero, percussion
Partido Novo
FARO 063CD
recorded 2002
José Roberto Bertrami, vocals, keyboards, percussion
José Alexandre Malheiros, vocals, guitar, percussion
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, vocals, guitar, drums, percussion
Gabriela Geluada, vocals
Brazilian Soul
FARO 091CD
recorded 2004 in Rio de Janeiro/Brasil
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboard, vocals
José Alexandre Malheiros, bass, guitar, vocals
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, drums, guitar, percussion, vocals
Dom Chacal, percussion
Butterfly
FARO 134CD
recorded 2008 in Rio de Janeiro/Brasil
José Roberto Bertrami, Hammond organ, piano, synthesizer
José Alexandre Malheiros, bass, guitar
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, drums
Rio strings, strings
David Chew, cello
Mateus Ceccato, cello
Aventura
FARO 139CD
recorded 2009
José Roberto Bertrami, keyboards
Alex Pilkington, guitar
Humberto Mirabelli, guitar
Ivan Conti, drums
Victor Bertrami, drums
Alex Rocha, bass
Romulo Duarte, bass
Aurora
FARO 157CD
recorded 2011
José Roberto Bertrami, Hammond organ, piano, synthesizer
José Alexandre Malheiros, bass, guitar
Ariovaldo Contesini, bongos, congas
Ivan C. Miguel Conti, drums
José Carlos, guitar

 
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