Jorge Ben

Jorge Ben & Maria Creuza

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Coming to prominence in Brazil during the late '60s and early '70s, Jorge Ben helped forge the tropicalismo sound out of the bossa nova and samba styles that had gone before. In line with contemporaries Caetano Veloso and Milton Nascimento, Ben's progressive take on Brazilian music also was done in direct response to the oppressive regime ruling his country during the beginning of his career. This fine reissue revisits Ben's prime during that period with 12 solid tracks. Save for two numbers, all these sides are originals and find Ben creating a heady mix out of elements of bossa nova, jazz, Bahian music, rock, and soul. The selections range from the Beatles-inspired "Si Mana" to the jazz swinging "Rosa Mas Que Nada" and melancholy Brazilian soul cut "Todo Clorida." Rounding out the collection with five tracks, singer Maria Creuza sticks to a bossa nova groove with such classics as "Corcovado" and "Dindi." She also turns in a fine rendition of Ben's early hit "Mas Que Nada." A top-notch look back at Ben's early prime, with some fine performances by Creuza to top things off.

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