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The lovely Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza is the daughter of songwriters Walter Santos and Teresa Souza. She's best known to American jazz lovers through her thrilling work with pianist Danilo Perez and for her critically acclaimed recording The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs. On this CD, Souza's fluid and floral vocals, which swing on every Portuguese-language phrase, are backed by three alternating Brazil-born guitarists--Romero Lubambo, her father, and Marco Pereira on eight-string guitar--performing compositions by Luis Gonzaga, Edú Lobo, Jacó do Banbolim, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Souza's parents. The combination of the plaintive and percussive guitar playing and Souza's sinewy voice is hard to beat. From the peppery "Baião Medley" and the bossa-nova-like "Doce de Coco" to the Afro syncopations of "Saudade da Bahia," Luciana Souza shows that when it comes to Brazilian music, less is more. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
I know you never heard of her. Don't worry about it, buy this disc. Fabulous.Published 5 months ago by Bill Stevenson
You don't have to know Portuguese to listen to this wonderful recording. A return to the days of Brazil 66 for those who remember the sound and embrace the soul of that era.Published 6 months ago by RJ
I love this smooth jazz. It's so relaxing. The artist has a beautiful soft voice & she sings in Portuguese which I love.Published 11 months ago by Jossy
was less adventuresome and had not yet developed her own voice and style, but all the elements were in place.Published on July 29, 2013 by Cycling Jazzer
Excelent recording, excelent guitar players, excelent singer, very good songs selection.
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Luciana Souza's "Brazilian Duos," would have to be considered Latin jazz at its silkiest and most beautiful. Read morePublished on November 4, 2008 by Stephanie De Pue
"Brazilian Duos" is Desert Island music for me. I.e., if I were to be marooned on a desert island with only a few CDs, it would be one I would choose. Read morePublished on May 13, 2008 by Brent N
I don't speak a word of Portuguese but Luciana I find that Souza's singing has an enormous emotional impact on me. Read morePublished on March 4, 2008 by Dastwood Biouf
This is a great album for anyone wishing to hear superior guitar playing and singing. The cd has a great Latin flavor, and is relaxing, yet invigorating at the end of a hard work... Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by sing4supper