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Tuesday July 11, 2017

From Vancouver Sun

Music reviews: Anat Cohen – Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos (with Marcello Gonçalves) & Rosa Dos Ventos (with Trio Brasileiro)
By: Stuart Derdeyn

Just in time for caipirinhas on the beach season, Israeli clarinet virtuoso Anat Cohen drops two marvellous recordings of Brazilian music.

Outra Coisa is a sublime collection of of a dozen duets performed with seven-string guitar player Marcello Gonçalves. All compositions are by Moacir Santos (1026-2006), and you can certainly hear his appreciation of both the lilting joy of bossa nova on the title track as well as marches, jazz, Afro-Brazilian rhythms and more. The sound is far more adventurous, mining the cabaret classicism of the refined chorinho style on tracks such as Oduduá or Amphibious, or just experimenting on the various Coisa (thing/snippet) tunes. Throughout, the two musicians display utter respect for melody and tone. A beautiful recording indeed.

Equally exploratory, but in the sense of taking in more of Brazil’s impossibly varied regional styles, Rosa dos Ventos finds Cohen alongside Dudu Maia on the bandolim (Brazilian mandolin), Douglas Lora (7-string guitar) and Alexander Lora on percussion. Also primary here is the choro — the melancholic sound of Southern Brazil which has considerable similarity to tango at times — but also samba, baião (Northeastern Brazilian rhythm found in Forró and coco styles) and even flamenco. It’s less immediately appealing than the duets but also immaculately played. Two of the best Brazilian instrumental music albums in years.

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