June 1999

Lani Hall
Brasil Nativo
Windham Hill

Lani Hall's approach to Brazilian music is both traditional and unique, though far more innovative than classic. There are some endearing duets with Dori Caymmi, a member of Brazil's musical aristocracy. A fusion atmosphere abounds, and the requisite samba percussion instruments, such as the cuica, make only occasional appearances. Hall's voice is tender and a bit precious, a contrast to the slightly hoarse, stone cool of the classical female singer of Brazilian music. Purists may not warm up to slow versions of the mega-standards "Mas Que Nada" by Jorge Ben or Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave." Brazilian music was, however, a fusion from the get-go, so Hall contributes here to its continued evolution as an international music. Brasil Nativo, co-produced by Hall and Herb Alpert, is a California take on Brazilian music- just what one would expect from the recording company of Windham Hill.

Originally published in June 1999

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