A “Nature Day” concert at a modern art museum in Brasília, 1976. Enter Som Imaginario, the Tropicalia legends known for their own stellar album run in the early seventies (in addition to backing Milton Nascimento). With their wailing psychedelic fuzz guitar and blistering jazz rhythms, recently unearthed relic Banda Da Capital is a fascinating glimpse into the group’s live prowess. At times, eerily reminiscent of the original Soft Machine line-up in the best possible way.
The sporadic set weaves in an hour of originals, improvisational jams and Nascimento material. A major highlight here is “Armina”, from the group’s 1973’s record Matanca Do Porco. The first half of the track builds with a piano solo from keyboardist/arranger Wagner Tiso (also of Clube da Esquina), the keys so tight you’d think it was recorded in an empty symphony hall rather than an outdoor rock concert. The slow rise of the pulsing crescendo then crashes into a thunderous free form coda. A perfect distorted experience for the incoming summer heat. | m neeley