Songs From Brazil !! - Claude Duke

Dukedom Records

Brazilian music is back in a big way, not that it ever went anywhere. Music is oxygen in Brazil. It’s in every breath, on every tongue. In North America, the sheer volume of the Brazilian creative output makes it ideal fodder for compilations. Consumers can sample the sounds of Brazilian football music, Carnaval sambas, Electro-Bossa chillouts, the new Mangue Beat or even revisit the Tropicalia movement. But, with the rhythm, one must also consider the romance. Vancouver artist, Claude Duke has lovingly assembled and interpreted some of Brazil’s quintessential love songs by its most celebrated composers, from Carlos Antonio Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, to Ary Barroso, Djavan and others. Duke’s rich, bell-like baritone floats on the sensuous textures of his guitar and the keys and beats of his musical compadre, Cuban pianist Antonio Delgado. Special contributions by Alejandra Catica, guitarist Moreza and the horns of Victor Bongat flesh out the mix, but it’s Duke’s impeccable phrasing and delivery that allow the timeless beauty of these compositions to shine through. Songs From Brazil!! Is a gorgeously packaged compendium of Brazil’s most memorable musical gifts.