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Vera Mara/Paul Meyers with Brasil and Company: Brasil and Company

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Here’s the good part: This CD has one of the most creatively assembled set of Brazilian tunes I’ve seen in a long time. They’ve carefully chosen a broad range from the pop and jazz repertoire, from classics like Pixinguinha’s “Um a Zero” and Zequinho de Abreu’s “Tico-Tico No Fuba ” to Jobim standards “Meditation” and “Double Rainbow” to some Hermeto Pascoal, Toninho Horta, Wayne Shorter and even “E,” a Brazilian hit by the late Gonzaguinha. And the band, led by Horta-inspired guitarist Paul Meyers, has rendered some imaginative and peppy arrangements.

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