Tetê Espíndola

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Tetê Espíndola began her career in the 70's as a regional singer, where her powerful vocal possibilities weren't fully explored. Owner of a distinctive style which lays on her coloratura-like highs and her aggressive vocalises which emulates wild Pantanal birds' singing, he was taken in the 80's by the people known as "Vanguarda Paulistana" (São Paulo's vanguard), in special by Arrigo Barnabé, one of the best composers of that movement. Tetê learned how to take advantage of the possibilities discovered in those new liberties. In this solo album she makes a more conservative use of her highs, and keeps her irreverence intact. The highest point is an avant-garde rendition for Tom Jobim/Chico Buarque's "Imagina," accompanied by a haunting vibraphone. "Ajoelha e reza," a naïve ballad, had a big hit in Brazil. Generally speaking, she is not very fond of Brazilian rhythms other than the regional overtones which always are around her. She is more into the American contemporary rhythms which are mainstream in Brazil, and the album also relies strongly in avant-garde treatments.

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