Ivan Lins has been a distinguished Brazilian interpreter/composer for some decades. On this two-album project, he pays tribute to one of the best Brazilian composers of all time: Noel Rosa. The music of Rosa is quite frankly eternal, but is always endangered by the excessive greed of the recording business, which insists in piling up too much trash over it. In this album, Lins does a faithful interpretation of Rosa's work, but didn't limit himself to a traditionalistic approach. The true Rosa spirit is there, but the interpretation is modern -- and purely Brazilian and Carioca. The musicians, all experienced professionals among the best in Brazil, deliver with competence and sensitivity a subtle contemporary samba. And Lins, even if he lacks the true, hot swing of the hills, is respectful enough of the tradition to provide a satisfactory interpretation for Rosa's classics. He has also several welcomed guests, important sambistas Nelson Sargento, Nei Lopes, Zeca Pagodinho, Arlindo Cruz, Sombrinha, Época de Ouro, along with Chico Buarque, and several others. This is one of the best tributes to Rosa so far, until the complete compilation of his works by Omar Jubran comes out.
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