Welcome as it is, an entire album of Brazilian songs from vocalist Karrin Allyson can hardly be considered a surprise. Allyson has been mining the Brazilian songbook since her ambitious, if perhaps too tentative, blending of Chopin’s “Prelude Op. 28 No. 4” with Jobim’s “Insensatez” on her debut disc, 1993’s I Didn’t Know About You. At least one Brazilian tune found its way onto each of her next five albums, culminating with 1999’s multi-shaded melding of French and Brazilian classics on From Paris to Rio. Perhaps Allyson felt sated after Rio, for there’s been nary a soupçon of Brazilian influence on her postmillennial recordings. So Imagina can better be regarded as a return to an early love.
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