Samba Bossa Nova
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Samba Bossa Nova
Putumayo Records (

Billed as "bossa nova's new wave," this collection is exciting for two reasons. The first is its introduction to the work of the children of Brazil's two most celebrated songwriters, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Caetano Veloso. As expected, Tom Jobim's progeny, Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum, come closest to the classic bossa nova of the Sixties. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Moreno Veloso's offering is a whimsicial, lo-fi take on Olodum's "Deusa de Amor," complete with toy piano.

Samba Bossa Nova also recognizes the importance of women musicians to new developments in MPB (música popular Brasileira). The sensual vocals of Da Lata's Liliana Chachian weave through the candomblé inspired percussion of "Cores." Rosa Passos demonstrates her innovative vocal and guitar phrasing on her update of Ary Barroso's "E Luxa So." The crystal clear voice of Rita Ribeiro closes the album with yet another fresh spin on the style. Samba Bossa Nova is a welcome overview of the current generation of Brazilian musical talent. - Hope Munro Smith

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