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Fabio Fonseca Trio: Opus Samba

Douglas Payne’s liner notes for this album suggest that “the Hammond organ tends to get the wind knocked out of it by American and European players,” but “there is something about Brazil’s practitioners that emits the warm breeze of the Brazilian beaches.” This writer confesses that, after a concerted, painful effort, he is utterly unable to feel any warm breezes from Opus Samba. Since this review is being written in Seattle, Wash., in February, the failure cannot be because Brazilian beaches lack allure.

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