She’s a carioca, and Clara Moreno wouldn’t have it any other way. How could she when she’s the daughter of acclaimed vocalist/guitarist/composer Joyce and equally exalted composer Nelson Ângelo and has sung behind or beside just about every Rio giant from Milton Nascimento to Robertinho Silva? With a voice as fresh and crisp as breeze-dried linen, she is less feathery and ethereal than Astrud Gilberto and an enticing degree sandier than Bebel Gilberto. Eager to pay album-length homage to her bossa-nova heritage, on Meu Samba Torto she sidesteps the immensely popular work of Jobim, de Moraes and Bonfá in favor of less familiar material that echoes the past but also speaks to the future. (For good measure, she adds a mellifluously reflective “Tenderly” and, in tribute to Edith Piaf, a mink-lined “Mon Manège à Moi”.)
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