Open Your Eyes You Can Fly

Open Your Eyes You Can Fly

by Flora Purim


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Open Your Eyes You Can Fly

As an original member of Chick Corea's group Return to Forever, Purim subsequently drew praise as a solo act. Recording for the jazz label Milestone since 1973, Purim's sensual and strong voice was singular enough to withstand the pitfalls that hampered the work of many Latin jazz fusion artists. Open Your Eyes You Can Fly represents a commercial breakthrough, and has the artist again supplemented by adventurous players and top-notch songwriting. The best of the three Chick Corea tracks is the title song. With it's emotive and stinging guitar solo from David Amaro, it features Purim at her most accessible and charming. The remake of "Sometime Ago" has one of Corea's more accessible melodies, as Purim turns in one of her more sweet and fulfilling vocals. The melodic and soothing "San Francisco River" has the artist writing solely with frequent Corea collaborator Neville Potter on the evocative track. Despite the great work here, Open Your Eyes You Can Fly, lacks consistency. But with the great talents assembled and great voice, it's easy to overlook that fact. Hermeto Pascoal's "Andei (I Walked)" has a great synthesizer solo from George Duke and a flute solo from Pascoal. "Ina's Song (Trip to Bahia)" features Purim singing in Portuguese, starting off slow but then enlivened by her passion filled vocalizations. Produced by jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, this features the artist more lucid and joyful than some of her other work. For the reason it is recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2000
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218704229
catalogNumber: 1042
Rank: 55530

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flora Purim   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Ron Carter   Bass,Acoustic Bass
George Duke   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,ARP,Arp Odyssey
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Vocals,Berimbau
David Amaro   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Egberto Gismonti   Acoustic Guitar
Thomas Flora   Background Vocals
Alphonso Johnson   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Hermeto Pascoal   Background Vocals
Robertinho Silva   Percussion,Drums,Berimbau
Flora Amaro   Background Vocals
Laudir DeOliveira   Percussion,Conga

Technical Credits

George Duke   Arp String Ensemble
Airto Moreira   Duet
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Egberto Gismonti   Arranger
Hermeto   Arranger
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Liner Notes
Kerry McNabb   Engineer
Neville Potter   Composer
Lorrie Sullivan   Cover Photo
Jimmy Watchel   Artwork
Flora Amaro   Arranger,Duet

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Open Your Eyes You Can Fly 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
hired_goon More than 1 year ago
There is indeed some really wonderful playing on this recording from the supporting musicians, and for that, I do enjoy this album despite my low rating. I wish I could say the same for Flora's performance. At times, it's wonderful, but there's so many disastrous out of tune moments, it can sometimes be difficult to listen to. You almost have to put your ears on autopilot, ignoring her. This album would have been stellar with someone else on vocals. Lani Hall, Janis Hansen perhaps?