The Beat That Puts Even Bossa Nova to Shame

August 23rd, 2013

from online.wsj.com

The Beat That Puts Even Bossa Nova to Shame
By: Will Friedwald

Compared with choro, which exploded in Brazil in the early 20th century, the bossa nova seems monotonous and anticlimactic. This quartet features three Brazilians: accordionist Vitor Gonçalves, Cesar Garabini on the Brazilian guitar, which features an ultralow seventh string to allow it to fill the roles of guitar and bass at the same time, and Serginho playing the pandeiro, a kind of supercharged South American tambourine which he makes sound like an entire percussion section, all working with Israeli clarinet virtuoso and leader Anat Cohen. She plays so authentically and vividly she’ll make you think that Tel Aviv must be Brazil East.

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