Airto Moreira

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Background informationAirto Moreira_header_cell_0_1_0
Birth nameAirto Moreira_header_cell_0_2_0 Airto Guimorvan MoreiraAirto Moreira_cell_0_2_1
BornAirto Moreira_header_cell_0_3_0 (1941-08-05) August 5, 1941 (age 79)

Itaiópolis, BrazilAirto Moreira_cell_0_3_1

GenresAirto Moreira_header_cell_0_4_0 Jazz, jazz fusion, Brazilian jazz, pop, baiãoAirto Moreira_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Airto Moreira_header_cell_0_5_0 Musician, bandleader, composerAirto Moreira_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsAirto Moreira_header_cell_0_6_0 Drums, percussionAirto Moreira_cell_0_6_1
Years activeAirto Moreira_header_cell_0_7_0 1954–presentAirto Moreira_cell_0_7_1
LabelsAirto Moreira_header_cell_0_8_0 One Way, CTI, Arista, Warner Music JapanAirto Moreira_cell_0_8_1
Associated actsAirto Moreira_header_cell_0_9_0 Flora Purim, Return to Forever, Miles Davis, Hermeto Pascoal, Heraldo do MonteAirto Moreira_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteAirto Moreira_header_cell_0_10_0 Airto Moreira_cell_0_10_1

Airto Guimorvan Moreira (born August 5, 1941) is a Brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist. Airto Moreira_sentence_0

He is married to jazz singer Flora Purim, and their daughter Diana Moreira is also a singer. Airto Moreira_sentence_1

Coming to prominence in the late 1960s as a member of the Brazilian ensemble Quarteto Novo, he moved to the United States and worked in jazz fusion with Miles Davis and Return to Forever. Airto Moreira_sentence_2

Biography Airto Moreira_section_0

Airto Moreira was born in Itaiópolis, Brazil, into a family of folk healers, and raised in Curitiba and São Paulo. Airto Moreira_sentence_3

Showing an extraordinary talent for music at a young age, he became a professional musician at age 13, noticed first as a member of the samba jazz pioneers Sambalanço Trio and for his landmark recording with Hermeto Pascoal in Quarteto Novo in 1967. Airto Moreira_sentence_4

Shortly after, he followed his wife Flora Purim to the United States. Airto Moreira_sentence_5

After moving to the US, Moreira began playing regularly with jazz musicians in New York, including the bassist Walter Booker. Airto Moreira_sentence_6

Through Booker, Moreira began playing with Joe Zawinul, who in turn introduced him to Miles Davis. Airto Moreira_sentence_7

At this time Davis was experimenting with electronic instruments and rock and funk rhythms, a form which would soon come to be called jazz fusion. Airto Moreira_sentence_8

Moreira was to participate in several of the most important projects of this emerging musical form. Airto Moreira_sentence_9

He stayed with Davis for about two years, touring and participating in the creation of the seminal fusion recording Bitches Brew (1970). Airto Moreira_sentence_10

Shortly after leaving Davis, Moreira joined other Davis alumni Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitous in their group Weather Report, playing percussion on their first album (1971). Airto Moreira_sentence_11

He left Weather Report (replaced by Dom Um Romão and Muruga Booker for their Sweetnighter album) to join fellow Davis alumnus Chick Corea's new band Return to Forever. Airto Moreira_sentence_12

He played drums on Return to Forever's first two albums: Return to Forever and Light as a Feather in 1972. Airto Moreira_sentence_13

Moreira was a contributor to many of Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart's world music/percussion albums in Rykodisc's The World collection, including The Apocalypse Now Sessions, Dafos, Supralingua, and Planet Drum, which won a World Music Grammy in 1991. Airto Moreira_sentence_14

He can be heard playing congas on Eumir Deodato's 1970s space-funk hit "Also sprach Zarathustra" on the album Prelude. Airto Moreira_sentence_15

Moreira has played with many of the greatest names in jazz including Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Al Di Meola, Zakir Hussain, George Duke and Mickey Hart. Airto Moreira_sentence_16

In addition to jazz concerts and recordings, he has composed and contributed music to film and television (including scores for Apocalypse Now and Last Tango in Paris), played at the re-opening of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt (along with fellow professor of ethnomusicology Halim El-Dabh), and taught at UCLA and the California Brazil Camp. Airto Moreira_sentence_17

In 1996, Moreira and his wife Flora Purim collaborated with P.M. Airto Moreira_sentence_18

Dawn on the song "Non-Fiction Burning" for the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio, produced by the Red Hot Organization. Airto Moreira_sentence_19

Instruments Airto Moreira_section_1

Moreira has played pandeiro, cuica, congas, bongos, shekere, talking drum, tambourine, maracas, shaker, triangle, cowbell, caxixi, drums, Afoxé, tubular bells, snare drum, berimbau, temple blocks, ganza, surdo, bell tree, wood blocks, jam block, mark tree, cymbals, cabasa, bass drum, timbales, gong, tamborim, drum machine, vibraphone, djembe, floor tom, whistles, conch shell, tom-tom, bells, tabla, hi-hat, sleigh bells, agogo bells, guiro, marimba, castanets and beat box. Airto Moreira_sentence_20

Awards Airto Moreira_section_2

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  • Moreira was voted the number one percussionist in "Down Beat Magazine's Critics Poll" for the years 1975 through 1982 and most recently in 1993.Airto Moreira_item_0_0
  • In September 2002, Brazil's President Fernando Henrique Cardoso added Moreira and Purim to the "Order of Rio Branco", one of Brazil's highest honors.Airto Moreira_item_0_1

Discography Airto Moreira_section_3

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  • Natural Feelings (Buddah, 1970)Airto Moreira_item_1_2
  • Seeds On the Ground (Buddah, 1971)Airto Moreira_item_1_3
  • Free (CTI, 1972)Airto Moreira_item_1_4
  • Fingers (CTI, 1973)Airto Moreira_item_1_5
  • Virgin Land (Salvation, 1974)Airto Moreira_item_1_6
  • In Concert with Eumir Deodato (CTI, 1974)Airto Moreira_item_1_7
  • Identity (Arista, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_1_8
  • Promises of the Sun (Arista, 1976)Airto Moreira_item_1_9
  • I'm Fine. How Are You? (Warner Bros., 1977)Airto Moreira_item_1_10
  • Touching You...Touching Me (Warner Bros., 1979)Airto Moreira_item_1_11
  • Dafos with Mickey Hart (Reference, 1983)Airto Moreira_item_1_12
  • Misa Espiritual (Harmonia Mundi, 1983)Airto Moreira_item_1_13
  • Latino/Aqui Se Puede (Sobocode, 1984)Airto Moreira_item_1_14
  • Three-Way Mirror (Reference, 1985)Airto Moreira_item_1_15
  • Humble People with Flora Purim (Concord Jazz, 1985)Airto Moreira_item_1_16
  • The Magicians with Flora Purim (Crossover, 1986)Airto Moreira_item_1_17
  • The Colours of Life with Flora Purim (In+Out, 1988)Airto Moreira_item_1_18
  • Samba de Flora (Montuno, 1989)Airto Moreira_item_1_19
  • The Sun Is Out with Flora Purim (Crossover, 1987)Airto Moreira_item_1_20
  • Struck by Lightning (Venture, 1989)Airto Moreira_item_1_21
  • The Other Side of This (Rykodisc, 1992)Airto Moreira_item_1_22
  • Killer Bees (B&W Music, 1993)Airto Moreira_item_1_23
  • Homeless (M.E.L.T., 2000)Airto Moreira_item_1_24
  • Revenge of the Killer Bees (M.E.L.T., 2000)Airto Moreira_item_1_25
  • Life After That (Narada, 2003)Airto Moreira_item_1_26
  • The Boston Three Party with Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez (Stretch, 2007)Airto Moreira_item_1_27
  • Alue (Selo 2017)Airto Moreira_item_1_28

With Sambalanco Trio Airto Moreira_sentence_21

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As sideman Airto Moreira_section_5

With Cannonball Adderley Airto Moreira_sentence_22

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  • The Black Messiah (Capitol, 1971)Airto Moreira_item_3_32
  • The Happy People (Capitol, 1972)Airto Moreira_item_3_33
  • Phenix (Fantasy, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_3_34
  • Big Man: The Legend of John Henry (Fantasy, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_3_35
  • Music You All (Capitol, 1976)Airto Moreira_item_3_36
  • Lovers (Fantasy, 1976)Airto Moreira_item_3_37

With Gato Barbieri Airto Moreira_sentence_23

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  • El Pampero (Flying Dutchman, 1972)Airto Moreira_item_4_38
  • Bolivia (Flying Dutchman, 1973)Airto Moreira_item_4_39
  • Under Fire (Flying Dutchman, 1973)Airto Moreira_item_4_40
  • El Gato (Flying Dutchman, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_4_41

With Stanley Clarke Airto Moreira_sentence_24

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  • Stanley Clarke (Nemperor, 1974)Airto Moreira_item_5_42
  • I Wanna Play for You (Nemperor, 1979)Airto Moreira_item_5_43
  • Shieldstone (Bellaphon, 1987)Airto Moreira_item_5_44

With Chick Corea Airto Moreira_sentence_25

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  • Return to Forever (ECM, 1972)Airto Moreira_item_6_45
  • Light as a Feather (Polydor, 1973)Airto Moreira_item_6_46
  • Secret Agent (Polydor, 1978)Airto Moreira_item_6_47
  • Tap Step (Warner Bros., 1980)Airto Moreira_item_6_48
  • The Ultimate Adventure (Stretch, 2006)Airto Moreira_item_6_49

With Miles Davis Airto Moreira_sentence_26

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With Paul Desmond Airto Moreira_sentence_27

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With George Duke Airto Moreira_sentence_28

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  • Feel (MPS/BASF, 1974)Airto Moreira_item_9_60
  • I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry (MPS/BASF, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_9_61
  • The Aura Will Prevail (MPS/BASF, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_9_62
  • Liberated Fantasies (MPS, 1976)Airto Moreira_item_9_63
  • A Brazilian Love Affair (Epic, 1980)Airto Moreira_item_9_64
  • Night After Night (Elektra, 1989)Airto Moreira_item_9_65
  • Snapshot (Warner Bros., 1992)Airto Moreira_item_9_66
  • Is Love Enough? (Warner Bros., 1997)Airto Moreira_item_9_67
  • Duke (BPM, 2005)Airto Moreira_item_9_68
  • In a Mellow Tone (BPM, 2006)Airto Moreira_item_9_69

With David Friesen Airto Moreira_sentence_29

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  • Amber Skies (Palo Alto, 1984)Airto Moreira_item_10_70
  • Other Times Other Places (Global Pacific, 1989)Airto Moreira_item_10_71
  • Departure (Global Pacific, 1990)Airto Moreira_item_10_72
  • Ancient Kings (Shamrock, 1994)Airto Moreira_item_10_73

With Stan Getz Airto Moreira_sentence_30

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  • Captain Marvel (Columbia, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_11_74
  • The Best of Two Worlds (Columbia, 1976)Airto Moreira_item_11_75

With Astrud Gilberto Airto Moreira_sentence_31

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  • I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do (Verve, 1969)Airto Moreira_item_12_76
  • Gilberto with Turrentine (CTI, 1971)Airto Moreira_item_12_77
  • Now (Perception, 1972)Airto Moreira_item_12_78

With Johnny Hammond Airto Moreira_sentence_32

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With Mickey Hart Airto Moreira_sentence_33

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With Freddie Hubbard Airto Moreira_sentence_34

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  • First Light (CTI, 1971)Airto Moreira_item_15_87
  • Sky Dive (CTI, 1972)Airto Moreira_item_15_88
  • Polar AC (CTI, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_15_89

With Bob James Airto Moreira_sentence_35

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  • H (Tappan Zee, 1980)Airto Moreira_item_16_90
  • Snowbird (Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1980)Airto Moreira_item_16_91
  • Sign of the Times (Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1981)Airto Moreira_item_16_92

With Antonio Carlos Jobim Airto Moreira_sentence_36

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  • Stone Flower (CTI, 1970)Airto Moreira_item_17_93
  • Jobim (MCA, 1973)Airto Moreira_item_17_94

With Hubert Laws Airto Moreira_sentence_37

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With Duke Pearson Airto Moreira_sentence_38

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  • How Insensitive (Blue Note, 1969)Airto Moreira_item_19_98
  • Merry Ole Soul (Blue Note, 1969)Airto Moreira_item_19_99
  • I Don't Care Who Knows It (Blue Note, 1996)Airto Moreira_item_19_100

With Flora Purim Airto Moreira_sentence_39

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  • Butterfly Dreams (Milestone, 1973)Airto Moreira_item_20_101
  • Stories to Tell (Milestone, 1974)Airto Moreira_item_20_102
  • 500 Miles High (Milestone, 1976)Airto Moreira_item_20_103
  • Open Your Eyes You Can Fly (Milestone, 1976)Airto Moreira_item_20_104
  • Encounter (Milestone, 1977)Airto Moreira_item_20_105
  • Nothing Will Be As It Was...Tomorrow (Warner Bros., 1977)Airto Moreira_item_20_106
  • That's What She Said (Milestone, 1978)Airto Moreira_item_20_107
  • Everyday Everynight (Warner Bros., 1978)Airto Moreira_item_20_108
  • Carry On (Warner Bros., 1979)Airto Moreira_item_20_109
  • The Midnight Sun (Venture, 1988)Airto Moreira_item_20_110
  • Speed of Light (B&W Music, 1995)Airto Moreira_item_20_111
  • Welcome Back '95 (B&W Music, 1995)Airto Moreira_item_20_112
  • Perpetual Emotion (Narada, 2001)Airto Moreira_item_20_113

With Wayne Shorter Airto Moreira_sentence_40

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  • Super Nova (Blue Note, 1969)Airto Moreira_item_21_114
  • Native Dancer (Columbia, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_21_115
  • High Life (Verve, 1995)Airto Moreira_item_21_116

With Paul Simon Airto Moreira_sentence_41

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  • Paul Simon (Columbia, 1971)Airto Moreira_item_22_117
  • There Goes Rhymin' Simon (Columbia, 1973)Airto Moreira_item_22_118
  • Hearts and Bones (Warner Bros., 1983)Airto Moreira_item_22_119

With Stanley Turrentine Airto Moreira_sentence_42

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  • Salt Song (CTI, 1971)Airto Moreira_item_23_120
  • The Baddest Turrentine (CTI, 1973)Airto Moreira_item_23_121
  • The Sugar Man (CTI, 1975)Airto Moreira_item_23_122

With Grover Washington Jr. Airto Moreira_sentence_43

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  • Inner City Blues (Kudu, 1971)Airto Moreira_item_24_123
  • All the King's Horses (Kudu, 1972)Airto Moreira_item_24_124
  • Soul Box (Kudu, 1973)Airto Moreira_item_24_125

With others Airto Moreira_sentence_44

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Filmography Airto Moreira_section_6

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  • 2006: Airto & Flora Purim: The Latin Jazz All-StarsAirto Moreira_item_26_242

See also Airto Moreira_section_7

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Moreira.