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Album Review

Elza Soares has been a renowned and experienced Brazilian singer for some decades. Granted, she is not for everyone. She has the true swing of the sambistas do morro (of the hills), which has become rare as more and more middle-class artists hit the market, trying to perform in this hard idiom, but she yells, and the sambistas don't; in the romantic songs, her performance is a bit over, like the radio singers of the old days, and she has a strong influence of Louis Armstrong. In this album she explores styles ranging from gafieira to sensitive songs, from samba-canção to sambão, from bossa nova samba partido alto, keeping a strong presence throughout; she isn't too much concerned with subtlety, and her interpretations are in-your-face.

The backing musicians are between the best in Brazil, all very well acquainted with the true tradition of samba, choro, and gafieira; the arrangements and execution are just perfect. The choice of repertoire was also perfect. There is an welcomed addition, the special guest sambista Zeca Pagodinho.

Biography

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Owner of a distinctive, harsh voice (even if considering the conspicuous Armstrong mannerisms), Elza Soares is one of the most swinging samba singers. Having appeared in 1959 with the samba "Se Acaso Você Chegasse," Soares always had her artistic career complicated by her personal life, which certainly impeded her of enjoying a more widespread popularity. Having gotten married at 12 and having lost three children who died of hunger, she later became the wife of Garrincha, one of the most genial soccer...
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