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Caetano Veloso: Fina Estampa

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.182) - "...The impeccably cool side of Brazilian pop; Veloso's effort is a collection of smooth full-orchestra interpretations of classic Latin boleros and ballads, emotionally complex adult music for every seductive situation..."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Caetano Veloso (vocals, guitar); Luiz Brasil (acoustic & electric guitars); Bernardo Bessler, Michel Bessler (violin); Marie Christine Springel (viola); Jaques Morelenbaum (cello, palmas); Mauro Senise (flute, piccolo, alto saxophone); Nivaldo Ornellas (flute, soprano saxophone); Ze Carlos, Raul Mascarenhas (flute, tenor saxophone); Andrea Dias, Eduardo Monteiro, Paulo Guimaraes, Katia Pierro (flute); Lucia Morelenbaum, Paulo Sergio Dos Santos (clarinet); Eduardo Morelenbaum (clarinet, bass clarinet, clarin); Antonio Augusto, Ismael De Oliveira, Jr. (trompa); Bidinho, Paulinho Do Trumpete, Formiga (trumpet).

Producers: Jaques Morelenbaum, Caetano Veloso.

Recorded in May and June, 1994.

With this 1994 release Caetano Veloso pays tribute to many of the most renowned Latin American songwriters, such as Argentina's Astor Piazolla and Cuba's Armando Orefiche. His Spanish singing is sublime, and many of his interpretations and arrangements breathe new life into these classic songs. Some selections here feature slick production and elaborate instrumentation, such as the horn sections incorporated into "Capullito de Aleli" and "Tonada de Luna Llena"; however "Maria Bonita" features Veloso singing solo with just an acoustic guitar accompaniment.

Perhaps because it displays his reverence for tradition while still expressing his individuality, FINA ESTAMPA is one of Veloso's more successful '90s releases. Although something of a departure from TROPICALIA 2 and the other records immediately preceding it, predictability is hardly par for the course with Caetano Veloso.


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