Various Artists

Romance in Rio [32 Jazz]

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When thinking of Brazilian music, Antonio Carlos Jobim and "Girl From Ipanema" usually come to mind immediately. It seems logical to assume that this nifty compilation of love songs from that country would feature that gem front and center, but instead, it's cleverly tucked into a medley by saxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims that also features "Recado Bossa Nova" and "One Note Samba." Most of 32 Records' collection series strictly repackages old classics by theme; here, standards like Grant Green's plucky and bluesy "Samba de Orpheus" and Bobby Hutcherson's "Besame Mucho" are complemented by new tracks by pianist Arturo O'Farrill (the dinner jazzy "Wave") and Ralph Moore and Roy Hargrove (the lively tenor and trumpet duet "Phoebe's Samba"). There's always been a love affair between jazz instrumentalists and Brazilian songwriters, and this eclectic, can't-miss disc represents the glories of the past while showing that there is promise for this love in the future.

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