I remember first hearing Flora Purim in 1972, when she was with Chick Corea and "Return to Forever", and sang the title song of their album, "Light as a Feather." This 2005 release is the first of hers I've heard since then.
Back then, her voice sounded like the title of that song/album. 33 years later, with increased age, experience and wisdom her voice has fleshed out to a deeper, rounder hue. And for this rock-pop-Brazilian jazz third world olio, the sound works.
This album as a whole has a feel of a sunny summer Sunday in the park of a big city, with people dancing, relaxing, communing, celebrating. Special notes to three of the tunes:
The title track, "Flora's Song", has an almost Oriental-feel to its third-worldness. In many ways, it is the most interesting track on the album. "Silvia", even with its searing guitar of Jose Neto, has that feeling of longing for which Brazilians are famous. And the final cut, after all of the relatively loud celebration of life that has gone on, is a quiet duet between Ms. Purim and her long-time husband and musical collaborator, Airto Moreira, "Anjo do Amor", with Dori Caymmi on acoustic guitar. A terrific ending to a terrific album. This cut makes the album--indeed, her life--feel like it has come full circle. RC