Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti is a vital thread within the fabric of Brazilian music. One third of Azymuth, a jazz-funk group hailing from Rio, Conti helped pioneer the philosophy of ‘samba diodo’ or ‘crazy samba’. His revolutionary streak didn’t end here, however, as he experimented with delays and tapes whilst drumming with The Youngsters back in the sixties. More recently, a collaboration with Madlib under the alias Jackson Conti demonstrated the timeless character of Mamão’s thinking, a style fit for any epoch.
For the first time in over twenty years, Conti is releasing an album. Poison Fruit, coming out on the 25th January 2019 on Far Out Recordings, purrs with percussive rhythm as elements of jazz, samba and funk ooze from its tropical disposition. The label puts it best:
“Take a bite of Mamão’s psychoactive Papaya and join the maestro on a weird and wonderful stroll through the Brazilian jungle.”