Following on, and using the same winning formula as the collection In Africa, and In Brazil, we now have Back In Brazil. Gilles' decision to have a full CD of archive stuff alongside a CD of new stuff is better than it sounds...there are some great Brazilian tunes in the vaults, and I have found myself listening to classics from the sixties and seventies quite a bit, although admittedly I prefer the new stuff.
Disc one, Das Velhas, (the oldies?) highlights are wide and varied from Salsa orchestras to intimate Bossa Nova tunes, but my faves are Jorge Ben (natch), Luis Eca's intriguing loping sound, and Antonio Adolfo's sweeping big band arrangement. 31/2 stars.
...but it's disc two that really cuts the mustard. From the opener, the lolloping reggae-tinged Calma Mamma by Echo soundsystem, through Ze Brasilieiro's cool rap, we have S-Tone inc's latin breaks providing some top grooves, Azymuth's scorching funky breaks version of Roda Piao (remixed by the mighty Spiritual South), Zero dB are always worth my time, and their track is a real driving, dirty mover, showing the way for latin breaks with some squelching synth lines and strong percussion. Drumagick have made some delightfully liquid DnB in the past, and their tune here is pretty cool, not sure how memorable this one is though. Bruno E Sexteto's Uruba Jazz is a taut samba tune which is a little retro, but with some great jazz playing, and a wonderful groove. 41/2 stars.
You can always rely on Peterson to find some obscurities that are well listenable, and he doesn't dissapoint here. All in all, a little patchy in my opinion to deserve five star status, but it is a solid collection with some real gems that will be getting a plundering for my own sets. You can't say fairer than that.