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The ghosts of Getz and Gilberto hang heavy over much of Brazilian Sketches
, made up for the most part of Jobim songs but with cameo compositions from Cole Porter ("I Concentrate on You"), Luis Bonfa ("The Gentle Rain") and Marcus Valle ("So Nice"). Considering that there isn't a single South American on the record, the rhythms for the bossas and sambas served up here are remarkably authentic-sounding, that special lilt and grace in the interplay between bass, drums, guitar and piano staying intact even in Cole Porter territory. Tomlinson, in his Getz emulations, points up an interesting ancestry for that sinuous Getzian combination of rhythm, inflection and timbre, for Flip Phillips's ways with a melody are constantly brought to mind. Whether this is intentional or not, only Tomlinson can say, and his liner notes remain silent on the subject. No matter: this is still a cracking good attempt at the ultimate laid-back bossa record, only bested by the originals. Stacey Kent sings appropriately on four selections. --Keith Shadwick