João Gilberto

Desafinado

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Samba's kick-back ebullience has always seemed more attractive than the muttering ellipses of bossa nova. But these recordings (presumably early -- zilch data) remind one once again just how great was Gilberto's talent, up-the-sleeve vocal style and all. Classics all, from the super-familiar "Desafinado" to the favorite, "O Pato," with its quirkily enchanting backing.

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