This album displays the energetic rhythmic power of Brazil's northwest in the hands of an accordion virtuoso with extensive international experience, Sivuca. After an extremely successful tour in 1992 through Scandinavia and northern Europe playing this album's repertoire, they got together in a studio for only four days and recorded it all through. Pau Doido presents a rich panel of northwestern music, with forrós, aboios, and baiões, together with the southeast tradition of samba, choro, and bossa, also reminding the classical influence over Brazilian music, with its valses -- even if "modernized" to a 6/8 jazzy feel -- and canções. Everything glued by creative improvisation, this is an instrumental album at the same time regional and universal, which constitutes an excellent opportunity to present Brazil's cultural diversity.
AllMusic Review by Alvaro Neder