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Gilberto Gil/Jorge Ben

  • Gil E Jorge [Verve, 1992] A-

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Gil E Jorge [Verve, 1992]
Always ready to go further out on a beat than the other samba/bossa geniuses, they walked into a studio in 1975 and spread nine songs over 78 minutes. With percussion up front and snatches of English on the order of "Blue, blue sky/Blue, blue sea" reinforcing all the repetitions and nonsense syllables, the renowned lyricists were playing a rhythm game, and they won. They don't just vamp till ready--they vamp to live, vamp for the sheer open-ended joy of it. A-