Clara Moreno - Miss Balanco (2009) FLAC

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Clara Moreno - Miss Balanco (2009) FLAC
Artist: Clara Moreno
Title Of Album: Miss Balanco
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Far Out Recordings [FARO141CD]
Country: Brazil
Genre: Bossa Nova, Samba, Latin Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 51:41
Full Size: 330 MB

THIS, friends, is the album we have been waiting for from Clara Moreno. I admit that I'm not familiar with her first three albums, but her fourth, "Morena Bossa Nova," was a decent stab at Brazilectro. Her fifth, "Meu Samba Torto," was better still; Celso Fonseca joined her for several songs on that album, and you can never go wrong with Celso.
But "Miss Balanco" is a different animal. Most of the songs were popularized by other artists, I think in the 1960s and 1970s, and indeed the liner notes declare that the music "evokes the grooving, steamy old school clubs of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro." Yet it's thoroughly modern-sounding, lively, and very jazzy, with tasteful keyboards and excellent horn arrangements. Clara's voice handles every song perfectly - wistful, sensuous, ecstatic, whatever, she's right there. She just seems right at home with this material.
Notes from Japan: Just so you know it's out there, the Japanese release of "Miss Balanco" has a totally different track sequence (and a different cover, with a much better picture of our girl Clara, IMHO; see the customer image I tacked on). The general release front-loads the majority of the uptempo tracks, then slows down and mellows out for the duration. The Japanese version starts off slow, then livens up, and thereafter maintains a nice balance. I prefer the Japanese issue, but the tracks themselves are the same, and the sequencing is really a matter of personal preference (as well as how much you want to pay; being a Japanophile can be pricey!).
Again quoting the sleeve notes, "Clara Moreno is a bold and beautiful character." No arguments here. And "Miss Balanco" is the most bold and beautiful samba/bossa/sambalanco release of 2009. I'm a big fan of contemporary Brazilian music, and "Miss Balanco" is the best thing I've heard in some time. Go, Clara!
-- Bruce D. Roberts


01. Deixa a Nega Gingar (3:33)
02. Brincando de Samba (3:36)
03. Bebete (5:15)
04. Mestico (3:09)
05. Bruxaria (2:48)
06. Pourquoi? (Nega Sem Sandalia) (4:12)
07. Uala Ualala (3:06)
08. Que Besteira (5:07)
09. Mais Valia Nao Chorar (3:47)
10. Vai Devagarinho (3:38)
11. Tamanco No Samba (3:49)
12. Jeito Bom de Sofrer (3:00)
13. Balanco Zona Sul (2:57)
14. Samba de Negro (3:44)

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