[JPL] A Voice of Samba Turns Introspective ...NYTimes

r durfee rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 11 17:52:14 EDT 2006

September 10, 2006
The New Season | Music
A Voice of Samba Turns Introspective 
THE singer-songwriter Marisa Monte has one of those
supple, knowing voices that make Brazilian pop so
inviting. After a decade in which she became one of
Brazil’s top stars, Ms. Monte stopped touring in 2001
to catch her breath, have a child and re-examine her

She didn’t disappear. “Tribalistas,” the album she
made in 2002 in a two-week collaboration with fellow
Brazilian songwriters, Carlinhos Brown and Arnaldo
Antunes, won a Latin Grammy award and sold a million
copies in Brazil. Now she’s back with two very
different albums, being released this week by the
Metro Blue/Blue Note label in the United States:
“Infinito Particular” and “Universo ao Meu Redor.”
(They’re already hits in Brazil.) And on Nov. 14 she
will come to the Beacon Theater as part of her first
American tour since 2000.

“Universo ao Meu Redor” is about heritage: the sambas
that Ms. Monte grew up hearing and studied more deeply
when she produced an album for the Velha Guarda da
Portela, the old guard, or elder members, of the
long-running Portela samba school in Rio de Janeiro.
(Her father is one of the school’s directors.) 

She sings borrowed sambas — reaching back as far as
the 1940’s and including some that have been widely
sung but never recorded — along with a few of her own
songs, and she’s backed largely by acoustic
instruments in cozy but untraditional arrangements.
It’s samba carried inward. 

“Infinito Particular” is even more pensive. It
features her own songs in settings that wrap her and a
small band in an aura of orchestration and
electronics. Both albums are wonderfully
introspective, and it should be illuminating to hear
what she does with the songs when she brings them to
the stage in November. 

Roy Durfee
P.O. Box 40219
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196-0219
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