Hermeto Hermeto Hermeto (featuring Iain Ballamy)

LONDON Omnibus Theatre
1 Clapham Common North Side


Brazilian music focusing on the music by the great Hermeto Pascoal

“Hermeto Hermeto Hermeto” features a dream squad of the UK’s finest contemporary jazz musicians (Iain Ballamy – tenor sax; Rob Luft – guitar; Sam Watts - piano; Misha Mullov-Abbado – double bass; Corrie Dick - drums), joyfully celebrating the music of the hugely influential Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal and other Brazilian legends of the jazz world such as Milton Nascimento, Antoni-Carlos Jobim and Egberto Gismonti.

Hermeto Pascoal’s bona fides are much too extensive to detail here but suffice to say no less than Miles Davis called him “the most impressive musician in the world”, and to give a sense of his style, Hermeto was dubbed O Bruxo (“The Sorcerer”) in reference to, among other things his use of household objects including kettles and toys in his orchestrations. This same sense of playfulness is very much in evidence as this skilled new quintet navigates nimbly though these complex arrangements with infectious enthusiasm and impressive precision.

Iain Ballamy needs no introduction – he is an ECM recording artist and an internationally recognised saxophonist and composer. Both Misha Mullov-Abbado and Rob Luft are BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and winners of the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, and have each filled up the Omnibus Theatre with one successful project after another. Misha also codirects the Peter Whittingham Award-winning Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, while Rob recently released his debut album on Edition Records. Pianist Sam Watts received the Humphrey Lyttelton Prize among many accolades, and Corrie Dick is one of the most in demand jazz drummers in the UK.

This new outfit simply overflows with talent and is a pleasure to hear from the first note to the last.