Various Artists

Café Après-midi: Souris

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The doors of the vast EMI vaults swing wide open for Café Après-midi: Souris, and even for a series that has consistently relied on both the sound and the summertime ambience of the Brazilian popular music of the 1960s to define its overarching aesthetic, the sheer volume of bossa nova and MPB material present makes this particular entry a must-own for connoisseurs of Brazilian grooves. Access to the catalogs of EMI and affiliated imprints like Odeon Brazil, Capitol, and Liberty guarantees that the music at the fingertips of compiler Toru Hashimoto is virtually limitless in its excellence and scope, and as usual, he goes well beyond the tried and true to recover rare bits and overlooked LP cuts -- there's the occasional ringer (e.g., Chet Baker's superb "But Not for Me" or Jackie DeShannon's "The Girl's Song"), but the real discoveries originate from south of the equator. Highlights include João Donato's "Ahie," Beth Carvalho's "Um Amor Em Cada Coracao," Quarteto em Cy's "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser," and Eva's "Moon River."