Various Artists

This Is Samba, Vol. 2

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While the first volume in this set of Brazilian samba music, gathered by producer Katsunori Tanaka, featured outstanding material, this second disc is a bit more ragged. Many of the performers, such as Carlos Cachaca and Babau, sound a bit past their prime, too often hitting flat notes. There are some nice grooves here, but too many rough patches.

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