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Airto Moreira was born in 1941 in the small village of Itaiopolis - south Brasil, and was raised in Curitiba. At thirteen he became a professional musician, playing percussion, drums, and singing in local dance bands. He moved to Sao Paulo at the age of sixteen and performed regularly in nightclubs and television as a percussionist, drummer and singer.

In 1965 he met the singer Flora Purim in Rio de Janeiro. Flora moved to the USA in 1967 and Airto followed her shortly after. When in New York Airto began playing with musicians such as Reggie Workman, JJ Johnson, Cedar Walton and bassist Walter Booker. It was through Booker that Airto began playing with the greats - Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond and Joe Zawinul, to name a few. Zawignul recommended Airto to Miles Davis for a recording session in 1970 for the “Bitches Brew” album. Davis then invited Airto to join his group, which included such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea and later John McLaughlin and Keith Jarrett. He remained with Miles for two years, and appears on such releases as “Live/Evil”, “Live at the Fillmore”, “On the Corner”, “The Isle of Wight”, “Bitches Brew” and later releases including the “Fillmore Sessions”.


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  • raamp

    Airto - Tombo in 7/4, I found one in YT with Airto Moreira name on it. Imconfus, the album cover's image indeed that "Fingers" with "Airto" title, as well as resemblance to Airto Moreira's - Xibabab; Organs, Percussion, and that Brazilian choir-esque

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • menesquencia

    curto muito - sambatrio - sambrasa trio - sansa trio - quarteto novo - Airton & deodato ... O Cara é fera ...

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • tineketbsfan

    aahh.. this is not the airto im listening to either! the one on youtube is in my playlist.. :S:S

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Partyrocker

    @ QueenXVI; yes indeed, there is. This Airto (here on isn't the one i'm listening to haha.. I'm listening to the Airto with the songs you are naming. Search Airto on youtube and you will know who I mean ;-)

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • scharyar

    one of the best. its greatly moving my soul.

    23 Jul 2008 Reply

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