Album: Leo Gandelman, Garrincha!! (Far Out)

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Original music for new Brazilian film Garrincha: Estrela Solitaria, a biopic of the bandy-legged football genius. It's an instrumental jazz score interleaved with a bit of public domain drumming and dialogue extracts, louche cha-cha and mambo dance numbers summoning up the late 1950s.

After a stunning, acid-jazzy opening, the temperature declines a little, but later shifts into modernist disharmonies help suggest the disintegration of his later life. But as G's ex-wife Elza Soares might ask: where's the samba?

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