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Album Review

Member of the younger generation of the purest lineage of sambistas of the Carioca hills, Zeca Pagodinho has the hit "Vai Vadiar" on this release and other excellent compositions in genuine samba styles such as partido alto, samba de roda, arrasta-povo, and others, with the exciting samba percussion, the typical seven-string violão basslines, cavaquinhos, etc. Velha Guarda da Portela appears on the album, subscribing with its venerable accomplishments a younger talent. The compromises imposed by execs can be heard in the first track, which flirts dangerously with the "pagodinho romântico," and in a couple of tracks with sugary keyboards. Fortunately the listener can find the real thing in the other 13 tracks.


Genre: Samba

Years Active: '00s

Zeca Pagodinho is regarded by the samba traditionalists as a rare talent in the partido-alto lineage. At the same time he is a commercial success. Having won several gold and platinum records with his albums, he had compositions recorded by Beth Carvalho ("Dor de Amor"), Alcione ("Mutirão de Amor"), and Jorge Aragão ("O Vôo do Albatroz"), and was paid tribute by Aldir Blanc and Moacyr Luz with "Anjo da Velha Guarda." Born in the working-class suburb of Irajá, Rio's north side, from an early age he...
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