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Vinicius Cantuária : Indio de Apartemento

Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Vinicius Cantuária began his career as a Rio rocker and, after moving to New York in the 1990s, became a pioneer of the neo-Brazilian movement and a stalwart of the downtown jazz scene. More recently, the 62-year-old has emerged as the heir apparent to Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Like Jobim, he gains maximum emotional mileage from a rather slim, dusty voice, though his stylistic suavity more closely resembles that of Charles Aznavour. As a songwriter, author or co-author of nine of the album’s 10 tracks, he echoes Jobim’s subtle elegance. A master of brevity-this entire disc spans just 30 minutes-Cantuária specializes in tiny, perfect jewels like the shimmering “Um Dia,” featuring guest keyboardist Olivier Glissant, and the silken “Quem Sou Eu,” with Norah Jones on piano.

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