Various musicians

COMPOSERS: Various musicians
LABELS: Totolo
ALBUM TITLE: Orquestra Imperial
WORKS: Carnaval Só Ano Que Vem
PERFORMER: Various musicians
Brazilian samba swings in and out of fashion periodically, and the 19-piece orquestra imperial are currently spearheading a revival of the gafieira dancehall variety, all the rage in mid-20th century Rio. Carnaval Só Ano Que Vem kicks off with three updated sambas from this period, progressing seamlessly into new material that appears cut from the same cloth. Richly understated brass, inventive percussion, subtle electronica, accomplished vocalists, and nods to late 1960s tropicália, Cuban, French and even Indian music keep things spicey.