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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • ASIN: B00096S3E0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

'Duos II' continues Luciana's exploration of the Brazilian songbook that began on 'Brazilian Duos', the Grammy-nominated 2002 release which appeared on numerous Top Ten critics' list for that year. Guitarists Romero Lubambo and Marco Pereira rejoin Luciana for a deeper exploration of the guitar and voice interplay in great Brazilian music. Sunny Side. 2005.

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Over the course of six albums filled with her beautiful voice and thoughtful interpretations, singer Luciana Souza has landed two Grammy nominations and grabbed the attention of knowledgeable jazz and Brazilian music fans. Here she follows up her breakthrough album Duos with a second installment, this time again in intimate duo settings with different guitarists. Souza dwells in her voice's mid-range, seldom going particularly high or low, yet her inflections are as rich as a well-aged cabernet wine. While these nuances take a little time to pick up, Souza's technical facility is easily recognizable and impressive – her lightning fast scat on the new choro "Sambadalu (Para Luciana Souza)" is dazzling; her timing on the ballad "Modinha" is impeccable. Generally regarded a jazz singer because of her chops, Souza is really "beyond category" (to use an old Duke Ellington quote) for bringing Brazilian folk idioms into the jazz genre, and she doesn't do it any better than on Duos II. –-Tad Hendrickson

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Greenwood on June 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a lovely collection by Luciana Souza. To me she is like Monica Salmaso, a curator of wonderful songs. Every song is elegantly presented and the liner notes are helpful in conveying the meaning to those of us who are linguistically challenged. Luciana Souza's intelligence and the beauty of her work is the antidote to the "American Idol" style of singing that sells so well, but means so little. It is music for grown-ups.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Braitman on March 20, 2006
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I don't understand a Word of Portuguese but can listen to this recording over and again. L Souza is an extremely gifted artist who has yet to be more widely recognized in the US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Seidman on May 28, 2007
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This is such a beautiful work; it has the power to open and heal the soul. It is drawn from a deep tradition yet feels so fresh, a new exploration. Luciana sings straight from the heart so directly, so honestly, nothing is wasted; her interplay with the varied guitarists is so intimate, playful, and deep. Their contribution of course is equally astounding. Luciana incorporates her vocal jazz improvisation tastefully, elegantly, with no excess, and gives you just enough to satisfy. I must admit I preferred Duos II considerably to her first Duos disc, though there are equally beautiful places on that recording, but as a whole, this offering feels deeper, more whole and complete...Thank you Luciana and friends!
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"Neruda" was one of the most creative and interesting albums released in 2004. Among other questions, it raised this one: What can Luciana Souza possibly do for an encore?

The same question was raised in 1969 by The Who's "Tommy", the first popular "rock opera." That encore, of course, consisted of the Who going back to its roots with one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded, "Who's Next." And, in the same way, Luciana Souza has gone back to her roots with this, her second album of Brazilian duets with various Brazilian guitarists. And like "Who's Next", this one does not disappoint.

This album is recorded with Ms. Souza (sans percussion, voice only) and four guitarists: Romero Lubambo, Marco Pereira, Swami, Jr. (yep, that's his name, fellow Americans) and Guilherme Monteiro. Every cut sounds heavenly. This album will remind you of Laurindo Almeida and Astrud Gilberto, only it's better--basically because Ms. Souza is a far superior singer, IMO.

Special note to four tracks. "Trocando en Mudos" has that same sense of longing and desire that permeated the "Neruda" disc. But lest you think Ms. Souza only does "moody", listen to how she clips along with the guitarists on "Sambadalu (para Luciana Souza)" and "Chorino Pra Ele." (In fact, a great vocal exercise for a vocal jazz ensemble would be to have all of the singers double and try to keep up with Ms. Souza on the latter!)

And then there's the last track, "Voce." Rather than acoustic, Mr. Monteiro swithces to electric guitar and, with the pedals, creates this vast, open sound similar to creations of Bill Frisell or Ben Monder. The vocalization with it is tremendous. A terrific end to a terrific album. Highly recommended. RC
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