Azymuth is a three-piece electric funk jazz group from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Formed in 1972, the members are Jose Roberto Bertrami (keyboards), Alex Malheiros (bass, guitars), and Ivan Conti (drums, percussion).
They call their music "Samba Doido", which means "Crazy Samba".
From 1979 to 1988, they released many albums for Milestone Records. They have been releasing albums for various labels steadily since. They had a major hit with "Jazz Carnival" in 1979.
Since the mid-1990s, they have released albums on the London based Far Out Recordings label, whilst remaining based in Brazil, and continue to tour in Europe.
Azymuth have also been involved in producing albums and their artists have been involved in several other projects through the years, including an album by Brazilian singer-songwriter Ana Mazzotti, and the 2005 debut album, Equilibria, by Alex Malheiros's daughter Sabrina Malheiros.
Since the advent of the remix, many of Azymuth's songs have been redone by a wide range of artists and musicians. Several electronic acts like Jazzanova among many others, can be heard remixing their works.
Ivan "Mamao" Conti
Released a solo album for Milestone Records titled The Human Factor.
In 2008 Ivan Conti and hip hop musician Madlib released an album as Jackson-Conti titled Sujinho.
Jose Roberto Bertrami
Bertrami has recorded at least six albums under his own leadership. One of his better known releases, his 2001 album Things Are Different for Far Out Recordings, features fellow musicians Aleuda, Robertinho Silva, Eddy Palmero, Paulinho Trumpete, Ney Conceição, and his own son Victor Bertrami.
He released a solo album for Milestone Records titled Atlantic Forest.
2007 Alex Malheiros & Banda Utopia feat. Sabrina Malheiros - The Wave (IG Culture Remixes with John Robinson)
Ariovaldo Conresini was the original fourth member. He provided for the use of other percussions during the recording session of the Azimuth EP and album in 1975. However, Coresini passed away abruptly afterwards.
Jota Moraes is a keyboardist who filled in for Bertrami after his departure from the group in 1988. He recorded as a member of Azymuth for the next two albums after the former's departure. Bertrami returned to his role upon the reunion of Azymuth in the mid-1990s.
Marinho Boffa joined Azymuth in recording sessions with German saxophonist Jürgen Seefeld.
- 1975: Azimuth (2CD reissue on Far Out Recordings)
- 1975: Linha Do Horizonte
- 1977: Aguia Não Come Mosca (Atlantic)
- 1979: Light as a Feather (Black Sun)
- 1979: Live at the Copacabana Palace (Isis)
- 1980: Dear Prelude (Compilation)
- 1980: Outubro (Black Sun)
- 1982: Cascades (Milestone)
- 1982: Telecommunication (Milestone)
- 1984: Rapid Transit (Milestone)
- 1984: Flame (Milestone)
- 1985: Spectrum (Milestone)
- 1986: Tightrope Walker (Milestone)
- 1987: Crazy Rhythm (Milestone)
- 1988: Carioca (Milestone)
- 1989: Tudo Bem (Intima)
- 1990: Curumim (Intima)
- 1994: 21 Anos
- 1995: Volta a Turma
- 1996: Jazz Carnival (Far Out)
- 1998: Woodland Warrior (Far Out)
- 1999: Pieces of Ipanema (Far Out)
- 2000: Before We Forget (Far Out)
- 2002: Partido Novo (Far Out)
- 2004: Brazilian Soul (Far Out)
- 2006: Pure: The Far Out Years 1995-2006 (Far Out)
- 2008: Butterfly (Far Out)
- 2011: Aurora (Far Out)