To appreciate the vast varieties of folk music indigenous to Latin America-bossa, samba, son, lando, cumbia, bambuco-you could plane-hop from Havana to Rio to Buenos Aires to Cartagena to Lima, or save yourself several thousand dollars by simply luxuriating in the warm, cross-cultural bath that is Marta Gomez’s sophomore disc. On 14 tracks, all but two self-penned, the Colombia-born, magna cum laude Berklee graduate transports the listener on a succession of downy clouds. Gomez’s docility should never, though, be confused with fragility. Hers is a voice as hypnotic as Astrud Gilberto’s but as sturdy and authoritative as Eliane Elias’.
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