Edú Lobo

A Música de Edu Lobo por Edu Lobo

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One of Edú Lobo's first recording opportunities was a golden chance: a full LP of his own compositions, with the brilliance of arranger Luíz Eça and Eça's main concern, the effervescent Tamba Trio, as his backing group. Fortunately, little disappoints about this early meeting of the masters; A Música de Edu Lobo por Edu Lobo positively shines, with the haunting harmonies and crisp musicianship of the Tamba Trio providing the perfect framework for Lobo's dark, earnest leads. "Reza" and "Resolução" are swinging knockouts in league with the Tamba Trio's finest moment, "Mãis Que Nada." Eça's arrangements (best of which is the opener, "Borandá") are bright, imaginative, and possessing a Baroque flair that's like a dark rainstorm briefly darkening the middle of a Rio heat wave. One of the nicest mid-'60s LPs recorded by any Brazilian artist.

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