Few nations on earth have the ability to effortlessly fuse rythym and melody to make perfect pop music the way the Brazilians can. The torch has been passed through the decades via the likes of Tom Jobim, Jorge Ben, Astrid Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Milton Nascimento. The torch has now been firmly grasped by Max de Castro with the release of this quite brilliant album. His debut album (Samba Raro) was R&B with a real cutting edge. This latest release finds him developing more of a jazz style to his songs, but any readers of this review should not consider it a purely jazz record. Like many of his illustrious predecessors, he's produced a record that draws on many styles and influences. Despite the astonishing sonic diversity and hip-shaking rythyms, it's the incredible melodies that stand out. Song after song, a fantastic fusion of sound nestling in your ears. Standout tracks? too numerous to mention, although with 3 tracks being short musical interludes, there are actually only 9 full songs on the album. But what songs! A classic case on quality over quantity. Immediate purchase highly recommended.