Milton Nascimento

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One of Brazilian PolyGram's anthologies of homegrown music, this volume offers a cross-section of Milton Nascimento's Brazilian output from 1980 to 1985, with a side trip way back to the unforgettable tune that launched him in 1967, "Travessia." From North American rock/funk -- a live rendition of a tune dedicated to the Beatles, "Para Lennon e McCartney" -- to smooth-textured pop, lush electronic backdrops, a mournful Villa-Lobos melody ("Cantiga"), and various Brazilian backgrounds, this CD reflects the multiplicity of influences that the Brazilian superstar had been pulling in. Alas, with tiny exceptions like the presence of Hubert Laws' bright flute on "Encontros e Despedidas," the emphasis on Brazilian popular music slights Nascimento's associations with jazz. Still, since most of this material was not released in North America, this sampler -- not too hard to find in big cities -- will give you the basic idea.

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