Badi Assad, singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Brazil, has something going for herself on her recent Between Love and Luck
(Quatroventos AA0002000). She and a tight-knit ensemble explore some of her songs, 13 in all, and follow a contemporary Brazilian rock-pop-jazz sensibility that Purim, Gil and Nascimento set the pace for in earlier years.
Her voice is an instrument in the best sense, perhaps less Purimesque in the jazz sense but well-presented, the songs are good, her guitar playing very worth hearing and the arrangements quite interesting. Like the best of Brazilian contemporary over the years there is a joyous melodic and rhythmic feel to it all that appeals nicely.
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