João Bosco


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After several public and critical successes, João Bosco was enjoying a phase of great self-confidence in 1989, and this album wholly composed by himself (with the exception of "El Manisero") marks a departure from where he would try different languages with no favoritism. Funk sounds, jazz-inspired sax solos, and even atonalism in small fade-out sections are experimented with here, with the song "Jade" being the highlight in terms of melody/harmony. Caribbean rhythms are heard in his heavily rhythmic version with his trademark in the improvised vocals for "El Manisero," and interesting Bahian folklore research is evident in "Sassaô."