Touching You Touching Me

Touching You Touching Me

by Airto Moreira
     
 

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Many of Airto Moreira's records from the late 1970s and early '80s get an undeserved bad rap because of their obvious -- and intended -- commercial appeal. Though he came to prominence in America as a member of Miles Davis' early electric bands, Moreira was an established artist in Brazil; one who sought to marry the sounds of his nation'sSee more details below

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Many of Airto Moreira's records from the late 1970s and early '80s get an undeserved bad rap because of their obvious -- and intended -- commercial appeal. Though he came to prominence in America as a member of Miles Davis' early electric bands, Moreira was an established artist in Brazil; one who sought to marry the sounds of his nation's folk traditions with all kinds of popular music. 1979's Touching You...Touching Me was recorded during his Warner period, and is perhaps his most polished record. Self-produced, he learned much of the technique he employed from the best-selling recordings of the time in all pop genres. A large cast is involved here -- George Duke, Flora Purim, Joe Farrell, Herb Alpert, Alphonso Johnson, Peter Bunetta, Al Ciner, Bayete (Todd Cochrane), and Marcos Valle (who not only performed but helped Moreira with the charts). The sprightly, dancefloor-jazzy R&B of "Amajour" (with the Sweet Inspirations on backing vocals) opens the set, followed by the more MPB- tinged "Partido Alto," with killer vocals from Purim. "Heartbeat" is a showcase for Johnson, pianist Michel Colombier, and the synthesizer of Hugo Fattoruso. "Toque de Cuica" is Brazilian dancefloor funk, while "Move It On Up" opens like a slick hard rock anthem before it shifts into a reggae-infused groover -- Bayete and Farrell shine, but Moreira's vocal falls flat. One can hear Valle's influence on the funky "Tempos Atras (Dreams Are Real)" (his Rhodes playing is crystalline), which also features excellent, greasy clavinet work by Duke and a hip-shaking bassline from Johnson. The finest cut here is also the sparest. "It's Not a Ballad" places Purim's exquisite vocal inside a frame provided by Moreira's percussion, Rhodes from Jose Bertrame, and a lyrical soprano saxophone by Nivaldo Ornellas. Taken together as a lithe yet abstract whole, this tune recalls the vibe of the earliest Return to Forever sides. Touching You...Touching Me is not a perfect record, but it is an enjoyable one; its strengths far outweigh its weaknesses, and several of its tunes could easily be placed on a Moreira best-of compilation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2011
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140327924
catalogNumber:
3279

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Airto Moreira   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Vocals,Soloist,Trap Kit
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
George Duke   Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Soloist
Sweet Inspirations   Background Vocals
Manolo Badrena   Percussion
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Peter Bunetta   Drums
Ciner   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Michel Colombier   Piano
Joe Farrell   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hugo Fattoruso   Piano,Clavinet,ARP,Harmony
Richard Feldman   Rhythm Guitar
Alphonso Johnson   Bass,Stick
Flora Purim   Vocals
George Sopuch   Electric Guitar
Marcos Valle   Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Bayete   Piano
W.D. Smith   Organ
Bob Robles   Guitar
Laudir DeOliveira   Percussion,Conga
Jose Bertrame   fender rhodes
Nivaldo Ornellas   Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Alex Malheiros   Composer
Sweet Inspirations   Vocal Effect
Airto Moreira   Composer,Producer
Kevin Beamish   overdub engineer
Michel Colombier   Composer
Denis Degher   overdub engineer
Hugo Fattoruso   Composer
Roger Harris   Engineer,overdub engineer
Alphonso Johnson   Composer
Bob Monaco   Producer
George Sopuch   Composer
G.T. Moore   Composer
John Cabalka   Art Direction
Jose Bertrame   Composer

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