Egberto Gismonti
Dança Das Cabeças

ECM Records

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Egberto Gismonti’s Dança das Cabeças (recorded 1976) was the first ECM disc from the brilliant Brazilian guitarist and pianist and the first document of Egberto’s collaboration with percussionist Nana Vasconcelos. It was a revelatory blending of sounds, Gismonti’s finely sculpted compositions irradiated by Nana’s Afro-Brazilian rhythm concept and his rainforest sounds. Dança das Cabeças won the German Record Critics Prize as Album of the Year in 1977.

Initially published in March 1977, vinyl is reissued in October 2016 as audiophile pressing taken from the original analog tapes.


Egberto Gismonti  8-String Guitar, Piano, Wood Flutes, Voice

Nana Vasconcelos  Percussion, Berimbau, Corpo, Voice – Press Release

“Rhythms and melodies build to infectious heights, diving into our blood with every fluted moment. The musicians raise their cries, from which Gismonti spins a free-flowing grace, as if to trace lines of varying distance in a vast topographic map. Vasconcelos returns in all his fullness with drums, maracas, and shakers, while Gismonti’s fingers move on in their quiet persistence. Changes in syncopation and a few helpings of dissonant harmonies enact a skeleton dance of sorts, soaring resolutely into the music’s ritual heart. Gismonti’s classical training shines through in Part II, for which he puts his fingers to keys in a spacious and revelatory stroll through Keith Jarrett territory. From this heartwarming nostalgia, built in arcs with only the occasional angles, Gismonti morphs into a bellowed vocalise and storm of handclaps. He returns to the guitar before closing with another pianistic statement in improvised space.” – ECM Reviews

Item description: 


Egberto Gismonti ‎


Dança Das Cabeças


ECM Records


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram Vinyl



Release Date:

This reissue: 2016 | Original – 1977




Fusion, Latin Jazz

Catalog No:

ECM 1089