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While Brazilian samba revivalist Seu Jorge had already released two expertly crafted albums by 2004, it was only when Wes Anderson's camera zoomed in on the singer-songwriter perched on the prow of the Belafonte in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou that many westerners took notice. Jorge's deft interpretations of David Bowie classics like "Life on Mars" and "Space Oddity" into his native tongue for the soundtrack were revelatory, as nifty an equator-crossing reinterpretation trick as Señor Coconut doing Latin updates of Kraftwerk or Nouvelle Vague's providing humid bossa housing for chilly new wave hits.
What Wes Anderson fans didn't know is that Jorge has all along had a knack for recasting the songs of others, a trait best appreciated on this, his first album in four years with the group Almaz. So sumptuous are the covers of his Brazilian forefathers Jorge Ben and Tim Maia that one might not even realize that Jorge has moved beyond the samba form for new territory. The former's "Errare Humanum Est" has its breeziness replaced with a deeper, more cavernous rhythmic interplay while Maia's "Cristina" keeps the funk as producer Mario Caldato Jr. (formerly with the Beastie Boys) adds more space cake… read more »