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Randy Brecker : Randy in Brasil

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Brazilian music has been in the public ear more than usual during this past year, given the 50th birthday of bossa nova and its multiple celebrations. Bossa, in fact, doesn’t figure much into Randy Brecker’s new Brazilian adventure, Randy in Brasil, but the genre’s spirit and its buoyancy can be felt even when the musical language in question goes in different directions, including contemporary variations on samba-i.e., Brecker’s own self-defining original “Sambop”-and occasionally a glib pop-jazz-fusion direction. Brecker, once married to Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias, has an assured feel for the Brazilian styles he takes on here (as he does for most of the various stylistic territories he deals with).

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