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Leny Andrade & Roni Ben-Hur: Alegria de Viver

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Though she’s extremely under-recognized outside Latin America, veteran Brazilian vocalist Leny Andrade has achieved status and esteem there equivalent of Ella, Sarah or Billie. Known for her scorching delivery and dense, earthy sound, the Rio-born Andrade remains, at 72, as vibrant and vital as ever. Her latest album represents a decided change of pace-softer, mellower, as warm and inviting as a sunrise over Corcovado. The title translates as simply “joy of living.” Eschewing her long-favored trio format, she has found an ideal duet partner in Israeli guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, whom she met in 2012 when she guest-lectured at his Brazilian music camp in Bar Harbor.

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