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June 2002

Tania Maria and the Viva Brazil Quartet
Live at the Blue Note
Concord Picante

If you share my enthusiasm for Brazilian tigress Tania Maria, there's no need to explain how special Live at the Blue Note is. The reigning queen of Brazilian jazz, pop and funk has, over the course of a sizzling three-decade career, sambaed her way into the hearts of millions and ignited over a dozen incandescent albums. For the Blue Note sessions, the fireball singer-composer-keyboardist revisits several of her most popular songs, including an explosive "E Carnaval" that could wake the dead (and get them dancing). Hearing her captured live in such a boisterously celebratory setting is absolute bliss.

Originally published in June 2002
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