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Gilberto’s Big in Japan

Verve released In Tokyo, a new live recording from Brazilian bossa-nova legend Joao Gilberto (pictured), yesterday. The album documents Gilberto’s first-ever performances in Japan.

In Tokyo features a solo Gilberto, singing and playing guitar. The album features a select few new arrangements and harmonies and is a lot like Gilberto’s 2000 release Joao Voz E Violao. The evening’s performance, which lasts for almost 70 minutes, begins with “Acontece Que Eu Sou Baiano” and concludes with “Aos Pes da Cruz.” Songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim-including “Corcovado,” “Wave,” “Este Seu Olhar” and “Meditacao”-as well as songs by Dorival Caymmi and Newton Mendonca, are featured as part of the performance.

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