"(...) bastava apenas um olhar e sabíamos onde alcançar o voo de novos sucessos pelo mundo. (...) Chegou a um ponto que nada nos separava.  E de maneira nenhuma a sua maestria e sua amizade vai nos deixar... Foram 45 anos juntos. Eu e Alex, os seus eternos companheiros de Azymuth. Vá em paz. Vá com Deus."
Ivan Conti (Mamão)
Review: Blue Wave.Dreams Are Real
Brazilian keyboardist, pianist and organist (born February 21, 1946, in Tatuí, São Paulo; died July 8, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro aged 66)
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson
Artist Biography
By Michael G. Nastos
José Roberto Trio - Farroupilha, 1965
Organ Sound, Um Novo Estilo - Polydor, 1970
Blue Wave - Milestone, 1983
Dreams Are Real Fantasy / Milestone, 1990
Things Are Different - Far Out Recordings, 2001
Aventura - Far Out Recordings, 2009
In   1999,   Milestone/Fantasy   reissued   two   albums   that   José   Roberto   Bertrami   had   recorded   in   the 1980s,   Blue   Wave   (1983)   and   Dreams   Are   Real   (1984),   on   a   single   73-minute   CD.   When   the   albums were   first   released   on   LP,   they   came   as   a   major   surprise   to   those   who   knew   Bertrami   for   his   work with   Azymuth,   a   band   that   had   been   offering   a   very   accessible   and   melodic   style   of   Brazilian   pop- jazz.   Quite   a   departure   from   Azymuth's   albums,   Blue   Wave   and   Dreams   Are   Real   found   the keyboardist/pianist    taking    a    more    cerebral    and    complex    jazz-fusion/post-bop    approach.    Like Azymuth's   recordings,   pieces   such   as   "Parati,"   "Chorodo,"   and   "Nova   Ipanema"   are   quite   melodic and   have   a   definite   Brazilian   flavor.   They   aren't   nearly   as   groove-oriented   as   Azymuth's   work, however,   and   they're   definitely   more   intellectual.   When   Blue   Wave   and   Dreams   Are   Real   came out,   some   Azymuth   fans   wondered   if   Bertrami   was   getting   ready   to   leave   the   band   permanently. But   in   fact,   he   recorded   several   more   albums   with   the   band   before   leaving   in   the   late   1980s (though   he   would   rejoin   the   outfit   for   sporadic   appearances   in   the   1990s).   With   the   recordings   on this CD, Bertrami   had   a   chance   to   express   another   side   of   himself,   and   he   did   so   with   challenging   and impressive results.
José   Roberto   Bertrami   was   best   known   as   the   keyboardist   with   the   group   Azymuth,   but   he   also   carved   out   a   substantial   career   as   a   sideman   and   solo   artist   away   from   the band.   Born   February   21,   1946,   in   the   Tatui   district   of   São   Paulo,   Brazil,   he   was   classically   trained   but   gravitated   toward   the   music   of   jazz   pianist   Bill   Evans.   The   keyboardist for   the   combo   Tamba   4,   Luíz   Eça,   was   a   mentor   and   influence   closer   to   home.   Initially,   Bertrami   worked   with   Flora   Purim   and   Robertinho   Silva   before   meeting   drummer Ivan   Conti   at   a   bowling   alley,   and   they   recruited   bassist   Alex   Malheiros   to   form   Azymuth   (whose   members,   as   it   turned   out,   were   all   born   in   1946).   While   also   recording   in the   music   studios   of   Rio,   Azymuth   were   a   working   band   from   1977   to   1988,   touring   with   Airto   Moreira   and   Purim,   as   well   as   on   their   own.   Over   time,   they   built   a discography   of   some   40   albums,   but   Bertrami   split   from   the   group   in   1988,   and   Azymuth   carried   on   with   Jota   Moraes.   Reuniting   with   Azymuth   in   the   early   '90s,   Bertrami played   with   the   ensemble   only   occasionally   while   he   forged   his   solo   career.   He   worked   with   a   number   of   major   artists,   including   Elis   Regina,   Eddie   Palmieri,   Marcos   Valle, Jorge   Ben,   Sarah   Vaughan,   Jim   Capaldi,   Milton   Nascimento,   Toninho   Horta,   Mark   Murphy,   Vinícius   de   Moraes,   Ithamara   Koorax,   and   Chico   Buarque.   As   a   leader,   Bertrami made   several   recordings,   going   back   to   1965   with   Trio,   The   Organ   Sound   in   1970,   Blue   Wave   in   1983,   Dreams   Are   Real   in   1990,   Things   Are   Different   in   2001,   and   Aventura   in 2009. He passed away on July 8, 2012. His son Victor Bertrami is an aspiring world fusion musician.