Various Artists

Bresil 90

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Like all such anthologies it's rich in Usual Suspects (Vinicius, Bosco, Bethania, Fafa de Belem, Toquinho), but still allows for a fair amount of quirkiness (Obina Shock with Gilberto Gil) and less-known groups (Novos Baianos, Marcos Valle). There's some unpredictability even among the Names, too -- a fine update by Astrud Gilberto of a couple of Carmen Miranda numbers. There is plenty of variety all around, in fact, and that enchanting gentle Brazilian drive as bottom line pretty much throughout.

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