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by Budd Kopman
While vocalist Fernanda Cunha might seem to be a newcomer here in the States, Olhos de Mar is actually her sixth release dating back to 2002. Samba, bossa nova, the Brazilian ethos itself, including the language, all have a sensuousness which soothes life's troubles, and from this point of view, Olhos de Mar is way too short in the best way. Cunha's lovely and emotionally subtle voice, when coupled with the simple but effective accompaniment and arrangements sweeps ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
The Brazilian sounds, Samba and Bossa Nova, washed over the United States like a wave in the early sixties. American saxophonist Stan Getz, in his collaborations with Brazilian artists Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto, on Getz/Gilberto (Verve Records, 1962) and American guitarist Charlie Byrd, on Jazz Samba (Verve Records, 1962) can take a good deal of the credit. The craze culminated, perhaps, with the radio hit The Girl From Ipanema," from the Getz/Gilberto disc, featuring a lovely and dispassionate ...read more