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COMPOSERS: Celso Fonseca
LABELS: Ziriguiboom
PERFORMER: Celso Fonseca
CATALOGUE NO: ZIR 14

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At the opposite end of the Afro-Latin spectrum, CELSO FONSECA makes his international solo debut by gently extending the bossa nova tradition, mostly with his own songs.

The mellow, close-miked voice and suave harmonic movement are supported by spare acoustic guitar and piano and an easy-paced rhythmic impetus with touches of programming.

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Sensitively delivered, the vocal balance is too whisper-in-your-ear for my taste but the album gets its lift from a couple of driving and exploratory instrumentals and introductions.