Various Artists

Bossa Nova Lounge: Look to the Sky

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Bossa Nova Lounge: Look to the Sky collects original versions of bossa nova favorites from artists including Gal Costa, Marcos Valle, Edison Machado, Moacir Santos, and of course, Antonio Carlos Jobim, whose "Remember" and "Look to the Sky" bookend the album. The collection does a good job of covering most of the style's many sides, from the cool intimacy of Elis Regina's "Só Tinha de Ser Com Você," to the brassy elegance of Wanda Sa's "Vivo Sonhando," to the warmer, more jazz-inflected sounds of Moacir Santos' "Coisa No. 1." Tamba 4's lively "Know It All" and Joao Donato Jr.'s breezy "Muito À Vontade" are two of the other highlights of this collection, which makes a fine introduction to, or reminder of, the timeless grace of bossa nova.

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