Baden Powell

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by Ken Dryden

This compilation of recordings by Baden Powell doesn't specify exactly when they were made, though the guitarist is heard primarily as a solo artist, sometimes with added percussion or strings. In any case, the Brazilian master of bossa nova is in great form throughout this collection, with a lyrical, generally understated approach to his instrument. Among the highlights are the brisk "Consolação," "Apelo," and some of the many songs composed with lyricist Vinícius de Moraes. A flutist and a percussionist (both unidentified) join him for a live performance of "Carinhoso," along with the international hit "Garota de Ipanema" (better known as "The Girl from Ipanema"). For anyone desiring a good survey of his recordings, this anthology will be a good investment -- if it can be located, as it is no longer in print.

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