Album: Milton Nascimento & Belmondo, Milton Nascimento & Belmondo (Must)

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Brazilian singer-songwriter Nascimento's reputation precedes him, so much so that one fears he'll never sound as important as he did with Wayne Shorter 34 years ago.

But this curatorial project by French sax and trumpet stars Lionel and Stéphane Belmondo, plus horns and strings, places Nascimento – who sings and plays acoustic guitar – in a sensitive orchestral context framed by twin versions of "Ponta de Areia" (his famous song covered by Shorter on 'Native Dancer'). That unearthly croon is lower now and the chamber-settings closer to Ravel than Brazil, yet this is beautiful music.

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