Azymuth @ The Caves
A multi-rhythmic explosion of irresistible groove.
| 15 Jul 2006
Funk has always been the perfect club music, sassy enough to dance to, and intelligent enough to hang back at the bar and pay through the nose for watery booze. And since DJs suck, what better way to get down and dirty than to Brazil's premiere samba-funk-jazz group, Azymuth, who recently celebrated 30 years of a career which has encompassed Stevie Wonder and Sarah Vaughan. Although the subterranean layout of The Caves meant that actually seeing this legendary band was nigh on impossible, this is funk the way it's supposed to be: wah'd up keys and slap'd bass running through classics such as What's Going On?, extending it to a fully fledged freak out. An absolute highlight was when the drummer and percussionist went head to head for fifteen minutes in a multi-rhythmic explosion of irresistible groove. Pure fire music, here's to another 30 years. [Ali Maloney]