Igrejinha or “Little Church“ is possibly one of the most important jazz compositions of all time. Made famous by Miles Davis, it appeared on the 1971 Columbia album “Live-Evil”. Little Church was one of two compositions on the album that were written by Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pasqoal, who had been playing in the Miles band. The tracks were originally mis-credited to Miles, alongside “Not Even a Maybe” and “Selim”.
Marc met Hermeto for the first time in 1992 in Rome, when he was on tour with Roy Hargrove. They were staying in a hotel, not far from the Collosseum. Hermeto’s band was also staying in the same hotel as Marc, Roy and the band. Marc bumped into him in the lobby and was briefly introduced. A few hours later, Hermeto’s manager, who remembered Marc from the lobby, called Marc’s room to ask if Hermeto would be able to play on his keyboards. Being constantly in the zone, he needed the keyboards not for a gig, but so he could remain deep in his creative zone in the hotel. Marc was carrying around a battery powered Yamaha keyboard from hotel room to hotel room on the tour for the same reason. Hermeto came to Marc’s room and hung out for hours to play. During that time, Marc and Hermeto talked about his experience with Miles. Marc, who was obsessed with Little Church, and got a rare first hand opportunity to talk directly to Hermeto about the track. He ended up recording the song directly into Marc’s keyboard and Marc carried that keyboard around for the remainder of the tour, having to ensure the batteries didn’t die, so he didn’t lose what Hermeto had recorded that day.
The version on Cosmic Indigenous is a new celebration of Hermeto’s legacy.
Marc Cary (synthesizers and keyboards)
Igmar Thomas (trumpet)
Tarus Mateen (bass)
Burniss Earl Travis II (bass)
Sameer Gupta (drums)