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Fleurine: San Francisco

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How do a Dutch-born émigré and her Florida-bred husband come to shape a musical salute to San Francisco? They don’t. This fourth album from vocalist Fleurine, featuring her esteemed spouse, pianist Brad Mehldau, among the accompanists, has nothing to do with California’s City by the Bay. Instead, the angelic Fleurine, whose voice can only, paradoxically, be described as sturdily fragile (commanding and assured when appropriate, but equally capable of ethereal cloudiness), has transformed her lifelong love of Brazilian music into a salute to three favorite composers-Francisco “Chico” Buarque de Hollanda, Francisco “Chico” Pinheiro and Francis Hime-who happen to share a first name (and whose contributions to the Brazilian canon she presumably finds saintly).

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