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Album Review

A charming young Brazilian singer/acoustic guitarist with a light, melodic Rio de Janeiro-ish approach, Ana Caram showed much promise on her debut American release, Amazonia. The clean-sounding collection of pop and pop-jazz, which draws on such influences as Astrud Gilberto and Gal Costa, may not be innovative, but it's definitely personal and heartfelt. In addition to contributing her own songs, Caram interprets the music of Brazilian artists ranging from Ivan Lins ("Illuminado") to Djavan ("Cigano" and "Aviao") to the revered Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Solitao," a fine song that isn't one of his better-known compositions). Most of the CD finds Caram singing in her native language of Portuguese, but on the poetic "Antonio's Song" (one of the best songs jazz-pop vocalist Michael Franks has ever written), she switches to English with equally inviting results.

Biography

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The song tradition of Brazil is fused with American cool jazz by sultry vocalist Ana Caram. With her light, sensual vocals set to lush arrangements, Caram has brought a new sensibility to the bossa nova. Having established herself as a promising newcomer, Caram was encouraged by Antonio Carlos Jobim to go to New York in the late '80s. The move provided the key to Caram's success. Performing with jazz saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera at the JVC Jazz Festival, she caught the ear of an executive of the...
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