Latin Grammy: Hermeto Pascoal wins the jazz category of the 19th edition of the award
The most important night of Latin American music happened on November 15, in Las Vegas, featuring outstanding performers of the Brazilian music. One of the major winners of the night was Hermeto Pascoal & Big Band, icon of jazz and instrumental music. The artist was the only Brazilian to win in a category competing only with foreigners. He won for best Latin jazz album, with “Natureza Universal”.
The album of the multi-instrumentalist from Alagoas State was released by Scubidu Music. The company is part of the Brasil Music Exchange (BME), a Brazilian music internationalization project carried out through a partnership between Brasil, Música & Artes (BM&A) and Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).
Released in 2017, the album has 11 tracks with authoring and arranging by Hermeto, including new songs. The 20 musicians of the band are conducted by André Marques. In the opening of the booklet, the 82-year-old artist writes: “Music holds the world as long as we live / It is the greatest endless source of joy and pleasure.”
In the categories involving only Portuguese language or artists born in Brazil, the singer and song-writer Chico Buarque won the best Brazilian MPB album, “As Caravanas”. The homonymous song of the album also gave him the statuette of best Portuguese language song. Almir Sater & Renato Teixeira, in partnership called “+ AR”, were awarded with the best Portuguese language roots album.
The other winners were Chitãozinho & Xororó – best sertaneja music album, “Elas em Evidência”; Maria Rita – best samba/pagode album, “Amor e Música”; Lenine – best Portuguese language rock or alternative album, “Lenine em Trânsito”; Anaadi – best Portuguese language contemporary pop album, “Noturno”, and Fernanda Brum – best Portuguese language Christian album, “Som da Minha Vida”.
The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin Grammy Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation.
Listen to Hermeto Pascoal & Big Band’s album “Natureza Universal”: