Tito Paris


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The Cape Verdean singer, songwriter and guitarist Tito Paris came to prominence when he wrote for Césaria Évora, although he issued his first album in Portugal in 1985, which highlighted his prodigious talent on guitar. There's a little bit of this here, but mostly he focuses on his singing with a minor emphasis in songwriting. Employing his regular band (including some exquisite trumpet playing), the strings here seem like an addendum, icing on the cake, where the arrangements haven't been altered, but the strings are layered on top. Interestingly, Paris sounds most passionate on his own material, and there's a perfect balance between the slower mornas and the more upbeat material here, along with three bonus studio tracks. There's a gentle, persuasive quality to Paris' voice that wraps itself around a lyric and puts it across without effort. You might not have heard of Tito Paris, but he's well worth discovering and this compilation is a perfect introduction.

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