VINICIUS CANTUARIA: Sol Na Cara

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The spirit of the Brazilian samba is alive and well in Vinicius Cantuaria. While at first the vocal and stylistic similarities might seem remarkably similar to the great Joao Gilberto, continued listening reveals a more original statement. Besides some lovely lyrics (translation is provided in the liner notes), Cantuaria’s song structures and clever instrumentation seem to reinvent the samba. Arto Lindsay’s understated production adds a contemporary, but not unpleasant flavor to a winning effort. — Tim Sheridan, All Music Guide

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