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Rough Guide:  The Music of Brazil
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Rough Guide: The Music of Brazil
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
 
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Leave it to the savvy impresarios of Rough Guides (home of the handy travel and discographical reference tomes) to bring armchair backpackers one of the finer single-disc anthologies of Brazilian music on the market. Rath...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Rough Guide: The Music of Brazil
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: World Music Network
Original Release Date: 5/5/1998
Release Date: 5/5/1998
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Styles: South & Central America, Brazil, Latin Music, Samba, Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 605633102123

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Leave it to the savvy impresarios of Rough Guides (home of the handy travel and discographical reference tomes) to bring armchair backpackers one of the finer single-disc anthologies of Brazilian music on the market. Rather than foolishly trying to encapsulate the stylistic breadth of Latin America's mega-populous country, this 19-song compilation largely covers the lighter, popular regional forms, like the samba and bossa nova of Rio de Janeiro, which, on occasion, surprisingly transcend their inherent cheesiness. Lively accordions and polyrhythmic drums represent the more hip forro and carnival grooves. But the real treats come in fresh Afro-European-American hybrids like Bahian rap ("Charles Anjo 45"), Latin-jazz funk ("Negada da Lapa"), Maranhaon bottleneck blues ("Isso"), an old choro on cavaquinho (mini guitar) and harpsichord ("Carinhoso"), and Marlui Miranda and Uakti's dazzling arrangement of "Tchori Tchori," a traditional fishing tune from the indigenous Jaboti peoples. --Sam Prestianni

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Not what I expected, but quite fun
Geoffrey Mayne | San Diego, CA United States | 11/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After seeing a Brazilian percussion band in concert, I became enamored by the Brazilian musical style. I couldn't find a recording by the band (turns out they haven't released anything), so I thought I'd pick up this recording to see what I thought of Brazilian music. It's quite fun. It has a wide range of styles, from what I'd have to call Brazilian rap, to zydeco, to Paul Simon-esque tunes. It's very rich from the percussion side of things. Track 6 bugs me, as the singers voices sound artificially high-pitched. Virtually every other tune is pleasant to listen to. I give it four stars, because I can listen to it over and over in a day, and come back to it the next day and still enjoy it."