As a self-confessed Brazilian-jazz junkie, I’ll take my fixes any way I can. From the shimmering majesty of Elis Regina to the watered-down, Rio-on-the-rocks purr of Julie London’s Latin in a Satin Mood, anything that lands me in the general vicinity of Copacabana beach is music to my ears. Even as devoutly indiscriminate a listener as myself, however, can recognize the differences between paste and pearls. And when Brazil’s finest living vocalist, Flora Purim, decides to devote an entire album to Brazil’s foremost composer, Milton Nascimento, we’re talking cultured pearls of the highest purity.
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