Various Artists

Quartin

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The collection Quartin salutes Roberto Quartin, the visionary behind several of Brazil's best-kept-secret labels of the 1960s and '70s. This one focuses on his eponymous label of the '70s, which released intriguing, distinctive work by José Mauro, Victor Assis Brasil, and Piri. The inclusions of Mauro and Piri are moody Brazilian pop (in a league with few other than Caetano Veloso), while Brasil's work -- the entirety of his Plays A.C. Jobim tribute LP -- focuses on exploratory jazz, with solid tenor solos. After getting new records out of '70s pop phenomenon Marcos Valle, once again the Far Out label has done a service to fans of Brazilian pop, and those who like individual selections are recommended to search out reissues of the original LPs by Mauro and Piri.

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