Lani Hall: Brasil Nativo

Lani Hall’s approach to Brazilian music is both traditional and unique, though far more innovative than classic. There are some endearing duets with Dori Caymmi, a member of Brazil’s musical aristocracy. A fusion atmosphere abounds, and the requisite samba percussion instruments, such as the cuica, make only occasional appearances. Hall’s voice is tender and a bit precious, a contrast to the slightly hoarse, stone cool of the classical female singer of Brazilian music. Purists may not warm up to slow versions of the mega-standards “Mas Que Nada” by Jorge Ben or Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Wave.” Brazilian music was, however, a fusion from the get-go, so Hall contributes here to its continued evolution as an international music. Brasil Nativo, co-produced by Hall and Herb Alpert, is a California take on Brazilian music- just what one would expect from the recording company of Windham Hill.