18 May 2022


Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Moreira, Humberto Clayber....vai fundo!!

'Hermeto e Airto dando uma palinha do que estava por vir, no antológico 'Quarteto Novo'. Humberto Clayber fervendo nesse contrabaixo. Muito bom!' -Wisley Pereira

'1965 samba jazz gem recorded by Humberto Clayber, Hermeto Pascoal and Airto Moreira in the early days of their careers.'

'Airto at 24, Hermeto at 29... the music has that energy of youth. Hyper at times!' -Sebastian Palmer

'Originally recordered in 1965, a fundamental masterpiece and perfect example of so called "brazilian jazz".
Here, in this record, we have three of a kind. Hermeto Pascoal on piano and flute, Humberto Clayber on bass and Airto Moreira (later on Return To Forever)on drums.
Here they are, creating explosive grooves and jamming the hell out of their instruments, recreating traditional brazilian themes as long as bossa nova songs, all gathered with as very tasteful jazz sauce.
The only drawback: probably for commercial reasons, and of course LP limited time capacity, in many tracks, when everything is going mad and they are jamming like insane, the songs is cut, fading...
Anyway, a very good piece of work from three brazilian virtuosis.' -Suprematist Juggernaut

'As the original notes states, the recording session of the album was such a stunning experience for those involved in the studio work: "After going through 'Aleluia' and 'Samba Novo', as a prelude to a sound cataclysm that was transmitted in the tense atmosphere of the studio, they gave us a composition by José Neto Costa (Hermeto's brother), which left everyone amazed. The arrangement created for 'Duas Contas', soft, whispery, subtle, broke the local tension as if on impact. But behold, when they no longer seemed to see the possibility of new surprises, they then performed 'Nem O Mar Sabia' and 'Arrastão', the first revealing totally unknown concepts regarding the trinomial piano-bass-drums. Clayber plays a harmonica and Hermeto unfolds into a flute. On the following tracks, the bassist and pianist would return on the same instruments. The final point of that unsurpassed recital was also a great surprise: 'A Jardineira', a carnival march from 1938. It was the 'end'. Let everyone who hears this LP know what a new phase of modern Brazilian popular music is being established in this country. This is the flag, which we will leave planted in the rich and incomparable soil of our art. Its heralds... the boys from Sambrasa!" The album also includes the killer "João Sem Braço" featuring Hermeto's howling flute and Airto's overwhelming percussion work. This is the only album ever released by this Brazilian all-star group and has remained unavailable for decades.'

Years Active
1965 – 1966 (1 year)

Sambrasa Trio is Hermeto Pascoal (piano and flute), Humberto Clayber (bass and harmonica) and Airto Moreira (drums). The group started to play in 1965, recording only one, though seminal record in the same year, "Em Som Maior".

A fundamental masterpiece and perfect example and influence of the so-called brazilian jazz, "Em Som Maior" is created among explosive grooves squeezing the virtuosis out of their instruments, all gathered and mixed with avantgarde recreations of traditional brazilian themes and bossa nova songs together with blistering, neat samba-jazz. The album was praised by critics and helped launch each musician own solo careers.

After the demise of the group, none of its three members played together again. However, in pairs, they composed for other bands, after and before Sambrasa Trio, such as Sambalanço Trio, with Clayber and Airto, and Quarteto Novo, with Hermeto and Airto.

All three members follow a solo career and inumerous collaborations with musicians such as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Santana, Chick Corea, Duke Pearson, Opa, Egberto Gismonti, among many others.

1. Sambrasa (Airto Moreira) 3:40
2. Aleluia (Edú Lôbo, Ruy Guerra) 3:11
3. Samba Novo (Durval Ferreira) 2:42
4. Clerenice (José Neto Costa) 2:13
5. Duas Contas (Garôto) 2:38
6. Nem O Mar Sabia (Roberto Menescal, Ronaldo Boscoli) 2:24
7. Arrastão (Edú Lôbo, Vinicius De Moraes) 4:21
8. Coalhada(Hermeto Pascoal) 3:02
9. João Sem Braço (Humberto Clayber) 3:42
10. Lamento Nortista (Humberto Clayber) 3:15
11. A Jardineira (Benedito Lacerda, Humberto Pôrto) 1:53

Flute, Piano – Hermeto Pascoal
Harmonica, Bass – Humberto Clayber
Percussion, Drums – Airto Moreira

CD released as part of Som Livre Masters, a series of 25 reissues by labels Som Maior, RGE and Fermata.
Album recorded and originally released in 1965.