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Rosa Passos: Romance

With the birth of the bossa-nova movement 50 years ago, João Gilberto proved definitively to American audiences that Brazilian Portuguese is one of the most romantic languages in music. Rosa Passos has taken up that torch in Romance, a lush collection of love songs from the Brazilian music canon, from Jobim’s “Por Causa De Vocé” to Djavan’s “Alibi.” What makes Passos stand out among her Brazilian chanteuse contemporaries is that she is able to so successfully combine the worlds of Música Popular Brasileira, or MPB, and modern jazz. The arrangements by bandmates Paulo Paulelli (bass) and Fábio Torres (piano) wouldn’t have sounded out of place on a Shirley Horn Verve date, and the comparisons don’t stop there.

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