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Artist’s Choice: Jane Monheit on Ivan Lins

Today’s top jazz performers pick 10 favorite tracks by the players, singers and styles that helped define them.

Ivan Lins
Ivan Lins

I can remember the exact moment I first heard Ivan’s music: My first voice lesson with Peter Eldridge when I was 17 and starting at the Manhattan School of Music. His songs captured me immediately, and I’ve loved them deeply ever since. I’ve recorded many-four of them as duets with Ivan-and even penned lyrics for our most recent collaboration. The beauty and brilliance of his music has changed my life, and on top of it all he’s the loveliest person you could ever hope to meet. Here are 10 of my favorites, in no particular order.

“Começar de Novo”
A Noite (EMI, 1979)

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