Martinho da Vila

Meu Samba Feliz

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Meu Samba Feliz Review

by John Storm Roberts

Nascimento's neat and Gil is brill, but revisiting Da Vila in this gorgeous though disgracefully short 1969-1982 compilation reaffirms him as a true prince of samba-based songs. The mellow, floating good-humored power of his voice, the classic freshness of his backings -- chorus, cavaquinho, guitar, percussion, occasional berimbao -- the purely Brazilian flair of the more adventurous tracks, the sheer ease.

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