Actress and vocalist Maria Bethânia recorded Recital Na Boite Barroco for the Odeon label in 1968 and it was reissued on compact disc in 2007 by EMI. Born Maria Bethânia Vianna Telles Veloso in 1946, this passionate interpreter of Brazilian popular song was some three years into her recording career when she was taped in live performance with the Tamba Trio (pianist Luiz Eca, bassist Bebeto, and percussionist Helcio Milito). The Maria Bethânia heard on this album was already an adept handler of intimate ballads, jazz samba and bossa nova. Standing as it does among the earliest entries in her discography, Recital Na Boite Barroco serves as a pleasant prologue to her major triumphs of the '70s and her subsequent successes over the years.
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