According to this new Putumayo compilation, there is no looking back at the classic bossa nova years in Brazilian music right now, even with the presence of Marcos Valle, a younger alum from that era. In fact, with the exception of Valle, most performers are quite new to the scene. For instance, Florida-raised Monica da Silva contributes “Aí Então” (which translates as “So Then”), a bilingual electronic-inspired ballad on the uncertainties of a relationship. Valle appears with an updated cover of Chico Buarque’s “Partido Alto” that takes it from its original samba beat to a more dancefloor-friendly format. “Feriado Pessoal” (‘Personal Holiday’) is a refreshing contemporary samba by newcomer Bruna Caram that first appeared as the title track of her second album of the same name.
The tune has a funky groove based on guitar, percussion and a few sonic effects that serve as a backdrop to her sensual voice. Also notable is Brazilian Groove Band’s instrumental cover of Joao Donato’s “Bananeira” (“Banana Tree”), a classic tune previously covered by the likes of Bebel Gilberto and Eliane Elias. On their version, they play in a more jazz-samba format with individual saxophone and trombone solos that give it a groovy feel.
“Brazilian Beat” is a good way to get to know Brazil’s new artists and the music they are playing now–even if it’s just to prepare for your next visit to a Brazilian-inspired club in Miami Beach. (Ernest Barteldes)
“Putumayo Presents Brazilian Beat”