Teca Calazans

Firoliu

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This is an excellent release by Teca Calazans, an extremely capable singer dedicated to produce music in which she believes. And she believes that the rich Brazilian musical tradition stands for itself, not needing to resort to tricky commercial expedients to gain exposure. Accordingly, she has no exposure. Fortunately there are sincere artists like her.

On this album, she mixes her own compositions and others by Baden Powell and Ivone Lara with her deep research of Brazilian folklore. The interpretations always keep a high standard, with remarkable guest appearances by the fundamental composer/performer Baden Powell, Alain Jean-Marie, the virtuosic accordionist Renato Borghetti, Mama Sissoko, and the Carioca regional (traditional choro group) Água de Moringa. The styles are a basketful of Brazilian northeastern and southeastern rhythms, and the instrumentation is diverse, ranging from piano/voice to a complete regional. Excellent album for keeping track of Brazilian music in an album where the country's rich tradition is extended with modern harmonies/instrumentation/interpretation without de-characterization.

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