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by Chris May
This is by no stretch of the imagination a jazz album, yet Brazilian singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Thiago Nassif's Mente is so packed with risk-taking and invention that it is likely to appeal to a good number of AAJers. The music's starting point is tropicalia, Brazil's tripped-out successor to bossa nova in the mid to late 1960s. The wider tropicalia movement--a southern hemisphere cousin of contemporary Left Bank Paris and Downtown New York countercultureswas a multi-media phenomenon ...read more