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Luciana Souza: Neruda

Chilean influences define the latest from Luciana Souza. No stranger to ambitious musical experimentation, the Brazilian emigre with a voice like liquid copper (accented by increasingly distinct Joni Mitchell traces) has, to date, paid album-length homage to poet Elizabeth Bishop and earned back-to-back Grammy nods for her bold Brazilian Duos and North and South. Now Souza travels in a freshly outre direction with Neruda (Sunnyside), a tender salute to celebrated Central Chile poet Pablo Neruda (who, for what it’s worth, shares Souza’s July 12 birthday and would have turned 100 this summer).

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